Coronavirus update: 09/01/2021

Dear parishioners, we have changed the rules for attending services. For services within the Church, only 40 people can be into the upper church, and only 20 people into the lower church. Distance inside the church 1.5 - 2.0 m. One cannot expect communion outside the Church. On Sundays, you can come after the late service for communion and confession. Those who wish to receive the Holy Communion after the Liturgy must contact Fr. Vitaly 07935700721.

Key Dates of the London Russian Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

1725: House Church located at York Buildings, near Charing Cross


1756: House Church relocated to Clifford Street, near Piccadilly


1769-1780: Archpriest Andrei Samborsky, Rector of the Embassy Chapel


1780-1840: Priest James Smirnove, Rector of the Embassy Chapel


1813: House church relocated to Welbeck Street, north of Oxford Street


1842-1875: Archpriest Eugene Popoff, Rector of the Embassy Chapel


1866: Purpose-built Russian Orthodox Church (Embassy Chapel) built at 32 Welbeck Street


1877-1923: Archpriest Eugene Smirnoff, Last Rector of the Embassy Chapel; first Rector of the parish


1919: Formation of the parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile


1921: Opening of St Philip’s, Buckingham Palace Road as a Russian Orthodox Church


1922: Closure of Welbeck Street church


1928-1932: Bishop Nicholas Karpoff, Rector of the parish and first Orthodox Bishop of London


1938-1948: Archpriest Michael Polsky, 1938-1948 Rector of the parish


1948-1951: Archimandrite Vitaly Oustinow, Rector of the parish; later Metropolitan of New York & Eastern America and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.


1952-1961: Archpriest George Cheremetieff, 1952-1961 Priest of the parish; retired 1961; (Priest of the Convent in London 1967-1971.)


1952-1976: Archbishop Nikodem Nagaieff of Richmond and Great Britain, 1952-1976 Rector of the parish; from 1954 Bishop; from 1964 bishop for the diocese in Great Britain; from 1968 Archbishop.


1953-1962: Saint John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, Archbishop of Brussels and Western Europe (including London and Great Britain); later Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America; glorified in 1994.


1956: Closure and demolition of St Philip’s


1956-1959: services conducted at the Bishop’s residence (Chapel of All Saints) in Baron’s Court, London W6


1959: Opening of the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile at Emperor’s Gate, London SW7


1981-1986: Bishop Constantine Jessensky of Richmond and Great Britain, Rector of the parish; Diocesan bishop for London and Great Britain.


1986-now: Archbishop Mark Arndt of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain, Rector of the parish; Diocesan bishop for London and Great Britain.


1989: Closure of the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile at Emperor’s Gate, London SW7


1990: Purchase of house and land at Harvard Road, London, W4


1989-1994: services conducted at the Bishop’s residence (Chapel of All Saints) in Baron’s Court, London W6


1994: Opening of temporary church of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad at Harvard Road, London W4


1997: Laying of foundation stone of the new Cathedral


1999: Opening of the new Cathedral of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God and Holy Royal Martyrs at Harvard Road, London W4


2003: Lesser consecration of the lower church (Holy Royal Martyrs)


2005: Full consecration of the lower church (Holy Royal Martyrs)


2009: Installation of new iconostasis in the upper church (Dormition)


2010-now: Archpriest Vladimir Vilgerts, Deputy Rector of the parish


2013: Completion of the belfry over the west porch