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London Diocese

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Founded: 314
Parishes: 399
Churches: 492
Geography: The City of London; Greater London north of the Thames, except five East London boroughs in the diocese of Chelmsford, and an area in the north in the diocese of St Albans; Surrey north of the Thames; a small area of southern Hertfordshire
Overseas Link Dioceses: Niassa and Lebombo (Mozambique), Angola
Population: 4299000
Area Square Miles: 280
Full time Stipendiary Parochial Clergy: 518
Benefices: 408
Source: The Church of England Year Book. For more information visit the Diocese page on Crockford's here

The Diocese of London is the group of Church of England organisations located in North London. It comprises parishes, schools, chaplaincies, missional communities and other organisations, which are united by their common Christian faith. The Diocese is overseen by the Bishop of London, assisted by Area Bishops, Archdeacons and senior staff, and administrated by the staff of the London Diocesan Fund. Its Cathedral is St Paul’s.

Within the Diocese of London, there are:


  • 500+ worshipping communities
  • 1,000 clergy and ministers
  • 200 men and women in training for ministry
  • 75,000 adults on electoral rolls
  • 70,000+ regular worshippers
  • 150 church schools
  • 52,000+ pupils
  • 150+ chaplaincies in schools, colleges, hospitals, the Met Police, Heathrow, railways, prisons, theatres, the forces, football clubs, Canary Wharf, livery companies, shops and City institutions
  • £1,000,000s raised each year for charities around the world
  • 1,500,000+ visitors and worshippers in St Paul’s Cathedral each year

Our place within the Anglican Communion

The Diocese of London is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and is in the See of Canterbury. It is bounded by St Albans Diocese to the north, the dioceses of Oxford and Guildford to the west, Southwark and Rochester to the South, and Chelmsford to the East. It works closely with those of other faiths and of no faith, with Christians of all denominations, and with charities and organizations who share common values. The Diocese has particular overseas links with the Dioceses of Niassa and Lembombo in Mozambique, and with the Diocese of Angola. It has a partnership with Berlin-Brandenburg.

Policies & Governance

To hold together such a diverse organization requires mutual cooperation and consensus. The Diocese is governed by many people at parish, deanery, area and diocesan level, as well as nationally. More information about governance is available in the Synods and Committees pages.

Geography and statistics

The Diocese of London covers 277 square miles of Greater London north of the Thames from Staines in the west to the Isle of Dogs in the east and as far north as Enfield. It comprises the Cities of London and Westminster and the London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Spelthorne and part of Richmond-upon-Thames.