Holy Trinity is a parish church of the Church of England, meaning that it seeks to serve the district in which it stands. We aim to serve not only the residents of the area, but also those who work or study at the colleges and institutions nearby, and all who visit, from home and abroad, the Royal Albert Hall, museums, and parks. Many of these are a legacy of the Great Exhibition of 1851, motivated by Prince Albert, the ‘Prince Consort’ of our address.
Our church building is of architectural importance (grade 1 listed) designed by the famous Victorian architect G.F.Bodley. But the architecture gives an opportunity for quiet reflection when the building is open and a supportive space for public worship. As a Christian community we are small in numbers, but large in heart! We welcome you to spend some quiet time in the church when it is open (see below) and hope that you will join us at our services, both traditional and modern.
If we can be of assistance in other ways, please do not hesitate to contact us
On Sundays, at 11am, the service is either a Choral Eucharist, or Choral Matins (followed by Holy Communion at 12.15pm), according to the Book of Common Prayer and using the King James Authorised Version of the Bible.
On Wednesdays, at 1.10 pm, there is a said Eucharist using Common Worship.
We are pleased that, on certain Wednesdays in term time, Choral Evensong is sung by the Imperial College Chamber Choir. Please see the calendar for details.
Seasonal evening services are also held at or around the Church’s greater festivals, especially an Advent service, a traditional Christmas Carol Service, a Eucharist at Epiphany and Ash Wednesday; and special services for Holy Week, Easter and Ascension Day – for details see ‘News’ and the calendar on our Worship and Services page, where further details can be found.
In the context of local government, by a quirk of history, we are actually in the Knightsbridge / Belgravia ward of the City of Westminster not the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as perhaps implied by our official title.
We are always open on Wednesday afternoons between 2 – 4pm, and sometimes later. Visitors appreciate the splendour of the architecture, but also the quietness of the church, both of which gives opportunity for reflection and prayer – or just a rest during the busy day and from the world outside! There is also an opportunity to light a candle as an expression of your private cares and prayers.
And of course we are open on Sunday mornings for our main service!
On Sundays when the service is a Choral Eucharist, please join us for coffee and tea afterwards in the church; this gives an opportunity to meet each other socially.
Churchwardens: Christopher Cann and Paul Meitner
Treasurer: Paul Meitner
Director of Music: Tim Roe
PCC Secretary and Deanery Synod Representative: Catriona Howatson
The BBC recently celebrated the 90th anniversary of broadcasting Choral Evensong. Christopher Howse, writing in the Daily Telegraph about this, ended his article by saying ‘For those open to the possibility, it can be a form of prayer’. It is to be hoped that ending his observations thus was meant to be ironic, or else it is the best throw-away afterthought since Genesis 1:16 (‘… and he made the stars also’)!
Choral Evensong at Holy Trinity, sung by the Imperial College Chamber Choir, is a deeply prayerful occasion: splendid music – yes, enthusiastically but lovingly sung by the students, along with the Biblical readings of the day and prayers, all in a quiet atmosphere as night falls, gives us the opportunity to reflect on the day now ending, offer ourselves and all our concerns to God, as well as to spiritually ‘tune in’ to the musical settings of psalms, canticles and anthems.
Do join us on February 16th and March 9th.
All registers for the former churches of Holy Trinity Knightsbridge and All Saints Ennismore Gardens are held at the Westminster Archives, as are those for the following ceremonies at Holy Trinity: Baptisms up to the end of 1997, Confirmations until 1948, and Marriages until 1949.
Please contact us if you wish to consult registers held at the church – the most convenient time is on Wednesday afternoons, but it is best to confirm your visit in advance. Please also note that a fee prescribed by law may be payable for a copy of entries.