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Faith and Spiritual Practice - Local places of worship

Statement from SOAS Multi-faith Chaplaincy

Greetings on behalf of the SOAS Multi-faith Chaplaincy team.

As your Chaplain, my first responsibility is to pray without ceasing for the protection of all human life on earth, but my focus at this time is on SOAS which includes the leadership team, all staff, students and all of their families.                                                                                                                                                                         

As a Minister I believe in the words from Psalm 23:4:

4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

It is my belief that there is a merciful God who will comfort us in our distress and lead us through to still waters. My fervent hope and prayer is that we are all spared from serious illness and harm and that our households, neighbourhoods, communities, nation and world work together to defeat this virus and maintain peace and stability in this time of unprecedented challenge.

As a multi-faith chaplaincy, we love all people equally and we serve and minister to those of all faiths as well as all those who have no faith tradition or belief in God. As chaplains, we see everyone as a divine gift and priceless, irreplaceable individual. Our remit is to nurture wellbeing by providing service to the spiritual, religious and emotional needs, inquiry and aspirations of students and staff.

This is the most uncertain time in a generation so it is very natural for many of us to be anxious and worrying about ourselves, family, vulnerable relatives, friends and loved ones all over the world. The events of the past weeks have been disconcerting and have shaken the foundations of our lives, our routines and ways of living. All have been curtailed because of this COVID-19 global pandemic. We all need time to re-adjust and a period of personal and professional recalibration. 

Worry is understandable, but excessive worry can become a problem if we do not take the early steps and time to process our thoughts, assess the facts and remain proactive, attentive and positive. Sticking closely to the government recommendations of personal hygiene, washing our hands regularly and practicing social distancing are all important instructions that will help to tackle the spread of the virus and save lives. Doing these things together will help us all to manage our personal circumstances with much more confidence. This is how we maintain our sense of balance and personal equilibrium. Below are some resources that you may find useful at this time.

Rev. Claudette Douglas

Useful Resources 

As we are all experiencing the effects of social distancing or self-quarantine, it is important to look after mind, body and spirit. I have included a few links below which people can check out for tips and things you can do to promote your own health and well-being – as well as the people that you support.  Here are some extra resources that will help you maintain your wellbeing during this period.

If you feel you need extra support contact the Chaplaincy by email at We can arrange a telephone consolation for those who require it.         

Faith at SOAS

SOAS is not only a centre for the academic study of religions and cultures at the heart of a great world city, it is also a community of people where individuals are free to live out their faith in an open and encouraging environment. 

If you need help in finding the nearest place of worship for you, or if you are interested in exploring faith, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the people listed on this page.

Prayer Rooms available at SOAS for Students

There are Prayer Rooms available at both of our Campuses. The prayer rooms in Russell Square are dedicated to Muslims only, segregated into Room L65 (in the basement) for Male Muslim Prayer and the Brunei Gallery Prayer Room for Female Muslim Prayer. 


National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i of the UK, 27 Rutland Gate, London SW7. For more information ring 020 7584 2566, see UK Bahá’í or email

Buddhist Centres

RIGPA Budhist Meditation Centre: 330 Caledonian Road, N1, 020 7700 0185

North London Buddhist Centre: 72 Holloway Road, London N7 Contact the North London Buddhist Centre

Websites for more info:

Christian Churches

SOAS Chaplaincy

e-mail: Russell Square, Room F403 020 7838 4945
Will provide information about Anglican, Catholic and Baptist churches near SOAS

American Church in London
  • Whitefield Memorial Church (non-denominational / evangelical)
    79a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1P 9HB.
    Station: Goodge Street.
    Website: The American Church in London
  • Bloomsbury Central Church
    Where: 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP
    Station: Tottenham Court Road
    Website: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • King’s Cross Baptist Church
    Vernon Square WC1
    020 7837 3976
    Service: Sun 11am
    Drop in Centre Mon – Wed 11.00 – 13.00
Church of England
  • All Saints Church
    Carnegie Street N1
    020 7837 0720
    Services: Sunday 10.30am.
  • Holy Cross Church
    Cromer St WC1
    020 7278 5776
    Services: Sunday 9.00 and 10.30am.
  • St. George's Parish Church
    Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2SA under the heading of the Church of England.
  • St Pancras Old Church
    Pancras Way NW1
    020 7387 0840
Council of African and Afro-Caribbean Churches
  • 020 7274 5589
Chinese Congregation
  • St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square 020 7925 0755 11.00-15.30
Greek Orthodox
  • Westbourne Road, London N7
    020 609 7020
Korean Anglican congregation
at St. George's, Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2SA
Sunday 1pm. contact Rev Dr Luke Lee  07900311271
  • The Swedish Church , 6-11 Harcourt Street, London W1 020 7723 5681
  • The International Lutheran Student Centre, Thanet Street, London WC1 020 738 4044
  • St Marys And Saint Georges German Lutheran Church, 10 Sandwich Street WC1
    020 8778 7625
  • Kings Cross Methodist Church
    Services: Sun 11am
  • Chinese Methodist Church
    Cresfield Street WC1
    020 7833 1432 Services Sun 13.00
  • 1A Newton Avenue W3 8AJ
    South Acton Station
  • Friends House
    173 Euston Road
    NW1 2TB
    0207 663 1017
Roman Catholic
Salvation Army
  • Regent Hall
    275 Oxford Circus W1W 6HU
Ukranian Catholic
  • Ukranian Catholic Cathedral
    21 Binney Street, W1K 5BQ
United Reform

Hindu Temples

  • Shree Swaminarayan Mandir: 105 - 119 Brentfield Road, Neasden NW10 8JP, 020 8965 2651
  • Archway Murugan Temple: 220A Archway Road, Highgate, London N65 5BA, 020 8348 9835
  • Hindu Centre: 39 Grafton Terrace, London NW5 4JA
  • Radha Krishna Temple: 10 Soho Street, London W1V 5DA, 020 7437 3662

Websites for more info: National Hindu Students Forum and


  • Muslim World League: 46 Goodge Street, London W1T 4LU
  • Al-nehar Mosque & Education Centre: 70 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DP, 020 7833 5959
  • Central Mosque Trust & Islamic Cultural Centre: London NW8 7RG
  • Harringey Mosque: London N8 0NA
  • Holborn Muslim Community Association: London EC1N 7RR
  • Kings Cross Mosque & Islamic Centre: London N1 1DW
  • North London Central Mosque Finsbury Park: London N4 2OH
  • Regents Park Mosque: 146 Park Street, Regents Park, Nearest station: Baker Street
  • Bengali Residents Association: Sandfield Centre, Cromer Street (corner of Loxham St) WC1, 020 7833 4232

Information is also available from the SOAS Islamic Society.

New Religious Movements

You may come across representatives of New Religious Movements, which are sometimes referred to as ‘cults’. They may actively approach students who are new to University and particularly those new to London. If you are approached and feel uncertain or want to know more about the organisation, its beliefs or practices you are recommended to contact:

  • Inform (INFORM
    This organisation holds the most comprehensive information about New Religious Movements and can offer support to those involved with such groups. 

Sikh Gurdwaras


  • Sikh Sangha Gurdwara Society, 68 Gloucester Drive, London N4
    020 8800 9923
  • Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) London, 62 Queensdale Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W11 4SG
    020 7402 4696



Orthodox Synagogues
  • Central
    Great Portland Street, London W1 020 7580 1355
  • Chelsea
    Smith Terrace, Smith Street, London SW3 020 7352 6046
  • Finsbury Park
    Green Lanes, London N4 2NT 020 8800 3526
  • Highgate
    North Road, London N6 020 8340 7655
  • Hackney and East London
    Mare Street, London E9 020 8985 4600
  • St John’s Wood
    Grove End Road, St John’s Wood, London NW8 020 7286 3638
Liberal Synagogues
  • The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 020 7286 5181
  • West Central Liberal Synagogue, Maple Street, London WlP 020 7636 7627
Masorti Synagogue
  • New London Masorti Synagogue, Abbey Road, London NW8 020 7328 1026

Information also from the SOAS Jewish Society