December 13, 2016
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Churches around the Northbank area alone will welcome over 100,000 visitors in the run-up to Christmas this year.
Churches in the area connecting the West End with the City, which includes the Northbank Business Improvement District, will host over 100 Christmas carol services and concerts. 4,000 visitors a day are expected across iconic London churches and chapels like St Clement Danes, The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
The activities of the churches range from a special carol service for those who work in Theatreland at St Paul’s church in Covent Garden, to providing daily dinners for rough sleepers at The Connection at St Martin’s, London’s busiest homeless charity, where 70 litres of tea and coffee are consumed each day.
Churches work closely with many local businesses and Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) and mark the season by coming together in the Northbank Community Choir at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
The Archdeacon of London, the Ven Luke Miller, commented:
“The hidden story of the churches in and around the Northbank at Christmas is a struggle to cope with the numbers of those attending. This is great for the mission of the church and great for local business and others who want to see the area become a great destination.”
Ruth Duston, Chief Executive of The Northbank Business Improvement District said:
“We are proud to work closely with the Diocese of London. That relationship is never more important than at this time of year. We have a wealth of festive opportunities across the Northbank this Christmas, including at some of the capital’s most historic and iconic churches, and we are delighted to welcome so many visitors looking for a seasonal treat. Once again the Northbank community is pleased to have the opportunity to light up the front of St Mary le Strand as part of our wider public realm vision, for which we are grateful for the continued support from the Diocese.”