St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Day Service

St Paul's cathedral choir and U.S. Marine Corps

St Paul’s Cathedral will host its annual Thanksgiving Day Service for all Americans in the UK on Thursday, November 25th, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For over a century, St Paul’s has had a special relationship with Americans. In 1903, J. Pierpont Morgan, the famous financier, donated the funds to bring electricity to the Cathedral.   Following World War II, the British people raised funds to build the American Memorial Chapel to replace the bomb-damaged east end of the Cathedral, which was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II in 1958.

Thanksgiving Day Service 2009 in St Pauls cathedral London
An image from Thanksgiving Day Service 2009 which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the St Paul’s Thanksgiving Day service. (Photo courtesy of Roland Kemp)

No tickets are needed for the Thanksgiving Day Service this year, but each person may be required to pass through a metal detector and have bags searched. Please bring minimal baggage and remove any metal objects from pockets prior to being checked.

Given the high level of security, it is important to arrive at the Cathedral early. Doors open at 10am.
Photography in the Cathedral is not permitted.
Mobile phones should be switched off.    

Entry will be via the West end of the Cathedral. For those with disabilities, there is an accessibility lift on the south side-entry from the South Churchyard.

The closest London Underground tube stop is St. Paul’s on the Central line.

For further information please see the St. Paul’s Cathedral website at  or the dedicated Thanksgiving webpage 2021.