St John the Baptist Church

St John the Baptist Church,Sitting at the heart of Leytonstone town centre is St John the Baptist Church.

A chapel was first built on the site in 1749 and the current church was consecrated in 1833.

The church was designed by leading 19th-century architect Edward Blore, who also worked on Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Over the past few years it has undergone extensive refurbishment of the tower, roof and interior, and complete interior redecoration, which was finished in May 2012.

More information

Read more about the history of the church and services on the church’s website:

Free lunchtime concerts

The church has a regular programme of free lunchtime concerts on a Thursday.

Enjoy stunning views over London and towards the Olympic Park from the church tower

From July 2012 the church is opening up the tower for regular tours. The tours combine the chance to see the stunning panorama towards the Olympic Park, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, central London and Epping Forest. Refreshments will be available and each tour will also be entertained by local professional musicians.

Times will vary according to the season and to coincide with the sunset.

To book

Please let the church know your name, phone number, the date you would like to book for and the number of people in your party. The church will be in touch within three working days to confirm your booking, payment details and the start time of your tour. Exclusive tours for groups and special occasions can be arranged. Please contact the church to discuss your requirements. Please also check the church website for any updates.

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Follow the churchyard trail

Providing a green oasis at the side of St John’s, the churchyard is the final resting place for many Leytonstone residents. However the churchyard is also alive with wildlife, and in recent years a churchyard trail has been created allowing the public to walk round and learn about the birds, bugs and plants that make the churchyard their home.

Notable amongst the graves are the Cotton family grave — William Cotton was a former Governor of the Bank of England, and the Buxton family grave.

The Buxton family were very influential in a number of areas of society, with Edward North Buxton the most important as far as Leytonstone is concerned as he was both Member of Parliament for Walthamstow, and instrumental in helping to save Epping Forest and Hainault Forest for public use. Read more about the Buxton Family.

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