Kentish Town Road London NW1 9QA
The Cathedral

We are a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The cathedral was originally constructed in 1884-85 as an Anglican church dedicated to the Apostle Barnabas, designed by the notable British architect Ewan Christian. It is built in the style of a three-aisled basilica without a dome.

In 1961, the building was acquired by the Greek Orthodox community and rededicated to another Apostle of our Lord, St. Andrew the First-called. It has subsequently undergone a process of renovation and refurbishment in order to incorporate the features traditionally present in Orthodox Christian places of worship, all the while original features such as the altarpiece, stained glass windows, baptismal font and commemorative plaques have been lovingly preserved. The church now features several pieces of intricate woodcarving, most notably the icon screen separating the holy Sanctuary from nave, and all internal walls and ceilings have been decorated with great devotion by a master iconographer from Athens, Dr. Michael Akalestos, with biblical scenes and representations of prophets, saints and martyrs in the traditional Byzantine style.

The aforementioned works were undertaken under the guidance and supervision of the then Archimandrite Chrysostomos Mavroyannopoulos, now Bishop of Kyanea, who to this day is responsible for the overall running of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral is a registered charity, St Andrews Greek Orthodox Cathedral Trust, governed by a board of trustees. Also affiliated with the Cathedral are the St Andrews Greek Ladies Voluntary Organisation, founded in 1966 under the presidency of Mrs Katie N. Papathomas, who tirelessly continues its work to the present day, and St. Andrews Philanthropic Fund, established by His Grace Bishop Chrysostomos of Kyanea.

Regular service times are as follows:

Saturday Vespers (evening prayer)
5.00pm – 6.00pm

Sundays and Major Feast Days
Matins (morning prayers) and Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)
9.00am – 12.30pm

Other weekday feasts and saints’ days
Matins and Divine Liturgy
9.00am – 11.15am

We celebrate the Divine Liturgy in English one Saturday a month (Please see schedule of services for dates).

Every Sunday after the service (except during school holidays), talks in English on Orthodox Spiritual Life are given in the Church Hall from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Refreshments are provided. All are welcome.

In addition to services, the Cathedral is open every day from 9am – 4pm to anyone seeking a quiet place for prayer and quiet reflection.