St Paul's Cathedral

Become a Friend of St Paul's

If you would like to help St Paul's to inspire future generations, please consider becoming a Friend. 

St Paul's receives little regular or significant funding from the state, but the cost of maintaining it is very great. Your contributions as a Friend - now, or through a gift in your Will - will assist the Friends to support specific cathedral projects for which Chapter seek funds. Over past years, the Friends have helped fund the dome altar, choristerships, a grand piano and new vestments for the cathedral.

If you are interested in joining the Friends of St Paul's Cathedral, you can contact Benjamin Nikolay, on 020 7246 8308 or .
The current rate is £25 for a Single Adult UK membership and £40 for a Joint Adult UK membership.
Overseas rates are £30 for Single Adult memberships and £45 for Joint Adult memberships.

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

The Friends Today
As a Friend of St Paul’s you will enjoy free admission to the cathedral, reserved seats at a number of specified annual cathedral events and a copy of the Dome magazine twice a year to keep you updated with cathedral news. Friends also qualify for a 10% discount on purchases in the cathedral shop.  
Each summer there is a Friends' Festival. The next Festival will be held on Wednesday 8 July 2015 with an AGM, choral Evensong, a short recital by the choirboys, and a reception. There will also as always be an allocation of seats for Friends at the Advent Procession Carols on Advent Sunday 30 November 2014 and also at the ‘Messiah’ on Wednesday 3 December 2014. Other social events are arranged for the Friends from time to time.

Today, there are some 3,000 Friends who provide both financial and practical support to St Paul’s. The majority of our Friends are UK-based, but others come from 25 different countries. Around 130 of our Friends are Working Friends; volunteers who give their time to welcome visitors, sell guidebooks and answer visitors' questions. A few of these become guides, taking a six-month training course and passing an examination before they start guiding. There are normally between 8 and 15 Working Friends on duty between 10am and 4pm every day of the week.

Roger Walkinton
Secretary to the Friends of St Paul's Cathedral
T. 020 7246 8333
Benjamin Nikolay
Supporter Services Manager
T. 020 7246 8308

The Chapter House
St Paul's Churchyard
Registered charity 261905 
For a copy of the 2013 annual accounts, please click here; for the 2012 annual accounts, please click here.
For a copy of the 2013 AGM minutes, please click here.
For the sermon by the Very Rev'd Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester, at the 62nd Annual Friends Festival Service 2014, please click here.
For the Secretary's 2014 report, please click here. 
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO
Joint Presidents
The Bishop of London, The Lord Mayor of London
The Dean (Chairman)
Canon Pastor (Vice Chairman)
Registrar (Hon Treasurer)
Mr Roger Walkinton (Secretary)
Mr Patrick Buckingham
Mr David Hooper
Mr Raymond Jewkes
Ms Helen Johnston
Dr David Lester
Mrs Penelope Rafter
Dr Phillip Rice
Mrs Jane Sladdin
Professor Rodney Taylor

Friends Festival Service 2014   Enlarge

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of the Friends, at the 2014 Friends Festival Service   Enlarge

The Very Rev'd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, and Oliver Caroe, Surveyor to the Fabric, at the 2014 Friends AGM   Enlarge

The Very Rev'd Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester, preaches at the 2014 Friends Festival service   Enlarge

Adrian Tinniswood and Oliver Caroe, Surveyor to the Fabric, at the 2nd Annual Friends Lecture in March 2014   Enlarge

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of the Friends, inspecting a World War I Altar Frontal on a visit to the volunteer needlework ladies   Enlarge

The latest Advent Procession filled the cathedral two nights running, including 240 Friends on the Sunday, some 130 of whom stayed to supper   Enlarge