Friends of Christ Church

‘A call to restore this jewel in the crown of London’ Prof Kerry Downes, Hawksmoor Scholar

The Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields is the charity leading the restoration of Hawksmoor's masterpiece. Starting in 1976, the Friends have raised and spent £10 million on an award-winning restoration.

Please explore this website for the history of the church and its restoration, events organised by the Friends and how you can support the work of the Friends.

‘The Spitalfields organ by Bridge, 1735, is of the greatest importance’

Gustav Leonhardt

Friends launch Travel Bursary for organ builders:

The restoration of the 1735 Richard Bridge organ supported a wide variety of skilled craftmanship. In recognition of this, and to support this specialised work, the trustees have established a Travel Bursary for organ builders to encourage excellence and research in organ building.

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Christ Church Spitalfields venue:
tours and hiring

For information about tours or hiring the church please call Christ Church Spitalfields venue on 020 7377 6793 or visit

Christ Church Spitalfields parish: church services
For further information about church services and opening hours for visitors please call 020 7377 2440 or view the congregation website:

The Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields

1735 Richard Bridge organ
Supporters of the Friends will be pleased to know that this rare eighteenth-century instrument of international significance has been restored.
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main image: View of west front of Christ Church Spitalfields from Brushfield Street.
photograph by CH Woodward

above: The restored organ case with gilded pipes.
photograph by SRB Humphreys