Information about us
Finnish Church in London is a welcoming Church and Community for all the Finns who live in Great Britain and Ireland (either permanently or temporarily), as well as for their friends and family – and all friends of Finland!
We are located at 33 Albion street SE16 7HZ.
You are welcome to pop in for coffee and cinnamon bun, to stock up on Finnish rye bread and salty liquorice, to have a moment of rest in our Church or to relax in a Finnish sauna!
We have our annual Spring and Christmas Fairs and variety of other events also – check Twitter @Lontoonkirkko for news!
We are looking forward to welcoming you.
The Finnish Seamen’s Mission ”co-operates with the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Finland, and observes its confessional Christian, social, cultural and diaconic work among seafarers and Finns living abroad, and carries out international Christian work at Finnish ports.”
We have the annual Spring Fair at the Finnish Church on 24.-26.3.
Please note we are closed (cafe, shop, sauna) after the fair 27.3.-31.3.
Opening hours from 1.4.2023
Christmas and Easter Fairs
Cafe and Suomi-shop
Contact details for the Church Staff
The best Finnish sauna in London – welcome to have some löyly!
You can make a private sauna booking for a session of 1 hour or come to our open shifts.
Each session is for max 8 people.
- £25/hour for 2 people
- additional adults £10/person.
We have public sauna sessions for women and men. There is no booking for public sessions, they work on first come, first in basis and fit eight people in one session.
Our sauna is quite popular so please arrive early to avoid disappointments, we start taking payments an hour before for each session.
We have the annual Spring Fair at the Finnish Church on 24.-26.3. and sauna is closed until 31.3. We welcome our sauna visitors back from 1.4.2023!
- Children from the same household (under 6 years) free of charge.
- Please bring your own seat cover and a towel.
- Sauna cleaning is included in the price.
By booking a session at the Finnish Church sauna I agree to
- leave the sauna facilities promptly at the end of my booked session.
- follow the sauna code of conduct and any guidance from the staff to ensure a safe visit for everyone.
SAUNA CODE OF CONDUCT
- Follow the health and safety guidance to protect yourself and others.
- Wash thoroughly with soap before entering the sauna.
- Always use a seat cover to sit on in the sauna.
- No glass bottles are allowed in the changing rooms, shower room, or the sauna itself.
- You are welcome to throw clean water onto the stones and enjoy the miraculous effects of löyly – but please be moderate with the water. Sauna competitions are strictly not allowed. Throwing too much water will cause a fire alarm.
- No washing products, any other chemicals or sauna scents in the hot room.
- Sauna settings (including temperature) are not to be changed by anyone but the church staff.
- Please leave the dressing room tidy for the next sauna guests.
To book your sauna session please call 0207237 4668 (Tue-Fri 14-20, Sat-Sun 12-20) or send us email .
The Finnish Seamen’s Mission – Suomen Merimieskirkko ry – was established in 1875. It was at this time that there was a clear need to help Finns who were experiencing problems during their stay abroad – mostly seafarers and immigrants.
The first person sent abroad by the Seamen’s Mission was the port chaplain Elis Bergroth, who was posted to the English ports of Grimsby and Hull in 1880. However, London’s position was the most demanding workwise, and Bergroth was soon transferred here in 1882. This was the start of the London operation, which continues to this day.
During the history of Finnish Church in London countless people have visited, volunteered and worked at the church – many people have left their mark through their contributions.
The church is full of stories about people getting help, meeting long lost friends and experiencing the miraculous effects of sauna. And new stories are written every day.
The Finnish church is a community hub for Finns living in the British Isles. We have various events, concerts, group meetings, religious services in London as well in other parts of the British Isles – and we celebrate Christmas, Easter, 1st of May and Midsummer in a Finnish way. You are very welcome to join us!
The Finnish Church in London is located in Rotherhithe, southeast London. Church lies next to St. Olav’s Square –roundabout. The exact address is 33 Albion St, London SE16 7HZ.
Bus number 188 from Russell Square to North Greenwich station is the best option if you are coming from central London. Bus number 47 from Liverpool Street Station to Lewisham is also a good choice. Other options are buses 1, C10, P12, 199, 225 and 381. All of these buses stop at Canada Water station.
The closest tube stations to the Church are Canada Water and Bermondsey. Both are about half a mile from the church, and both are on the Jubilee line of the underground.
Rotherhithe Station is an overground station, and is about 300 yards from the Church.
There is some parking near the church but it is extremely limited. You can find some parking slots on Albion St, but you need to be careful. Cars on permit holders slots get clamped and towed away quite easily.
There are thousands of services held in London every Sunday – but only one mainly in Finnish.
Services at the Finnish Church
We have the Holy Mass on the first Sunday of each month at 11 am. It is conducted mainly in Finnish, and occasionally a Sunday school being held at the same time. After the Holy Mass coffee is served and Sunday lunch is available.
Services are also held on church feast days such as Christmas and Easter. You can find the exact dates and times of our services from the calendar.
We welcome volunteers to participate and help in our worship services, please contact the Rector.
In various parts of the British Isles services are held locally every year. Local services are a way for local Finns and their friends to get together. After the service coffee is served, and refreshments are available on a potluck basis! The church shop (full of Finnish treats!), travels to regional services.
Regional services also offer an opportunity for organising baptisms and weddings, home calls or pastoral counselling.
The objective of our social and welfare work is to enhance the well-being of the Finns living in Britain or Ireland. We also want to help those visiting the countries by offering them advice and service in their own language.
This work consists mainly of meetings and discussions at the church, and forming interest groups. The work also helps through visiting those in need at home, hospital and other places where care is needed.
Our social and welfare work is pro-active, and we put great emphasis on trying to prevent crisis situations arising – you can analyse and discuss problems in your life with the church workers. The preventive work consists largely of advice, guidance and information.
The contact person of our social work is Hannakaarina Sarvela.
We offer social support remotely from London to all the Finns living in Britain or Ireland. Welfare Officer can be contacted by email, phone or social media.
When it’s possible, Welfare Officer travels to as many location as possible to meet with Finnish communities and groups, for example Finnish Schools and independent Finnish groups. We offer virtual groups as a possibility to come together remotely, usually via Zoom.
The contact person of our social work outside London is Welfare Officer Salla Korteniemi. She is also the person you should contact with regards to the Friendship Network.
The staff members of the church are at your disposal whenever you wish to have confidential discussions. We offer support in joy and sorrow. Staff are bound by a pledge of secrecy and whatever you say is in complete confidence. You can contact us by phone and e-mail or you can just come to the Church. Pastoral care is fundamental part of Church’s work and therefore free of charge.
The pastoral meetings are based on confidential discussions between the church official and the person in question, and they can cover any aspect of life. They may also include a confession and absolution followed by a prayer and a blessing.
Ship visits are part of the life of the Finnish Church in London. Please contact Social Welfare Officer Salla Korteniemi if you would like to organise a visit to your ship.
Everybody is welcome to stay with us – you do not have to be Finnish or a member of our church. To make a booking please send us an email at .
We have two four-bed en-suite guest rooms. You may book 1-4 beds for your stay. (Please note: during Spring 2023 renovation we only have one room available. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.)
The charges are £35 per person per night in the 4-bed ensuite rooms. The accommodation fee includes sheets and a towel.
Those using the accommodation must arrive at the Church during the opening hours of the cafeteria (Tue-Fri 14-20, Sat-Sun 12-20). Payment for the accommodation must be made upon arrival for the whole period. The key will be handed over against a deposit of £20 or a passport. The key must be returned and the room vacated by 11am on the day of departure.
If the time of arrival falls on a Monday, or outside the opening hours of the cafeteria, or if the departure is before 8 am, special arrangements must be made with the staff and there is a charge of £20-50 for a late check-in. Please contact our reception to agree this at .
You can book your accommodation by email:
For accommodation enquiries please call us at (+44) 02072374668 during the Church´s opening hours.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to stay with us!
A Warm Welcome!
We serve a daily selection of Finnish delicacies: Cinnamon buns, Karelian pastries and berry pies – and we welcome you to enjoy your favourites!
You may also buy from our cafeteria for take away.
In addition, during the weekends (and by order), you can enjoy tasty Finnish home cooking.
We have a free wi-fi.
Plan ahead! Give us a call or send a quick message if you know you are coming in a certain time. Then we can make sure we have enough your favourite treats ready.
We can make gluten-free or vegan treats as well when pre-ordered!
Thank you for your support and hope to see you soon!
The Finnish Shop – Suomi-shop
In our Finnish Shop you will find the largest selection of Finnish food and delicacies in London.
These include an assortment of Finnish sweets, chocolate, mustard, rye bread, baking ingredients, porridge flakes and coffee. We also sell other Finnish favourites and gift items.
The Finnish Church in London does ecclesiastical work among Finns and their friends in the British Isles. The Church is mainly a self-sufficient organization, so we need the support of our friends to ensure the continuance of our work.
All donations are very much appreciated. You can support the Church in various ways:
Take part in our events and enjoying a cup coffee with a cinnamon bun in our Cafeteria
Become a supporting member of our Church. There is more information about membership below.
Give your donation with debit or card here.
Give a donation directly to our bank accounts:
The Finnish Church in London, Danske Bank, Sort Code: 30 12 81, Account Number: 22028537 (UK). IBAN GB83DABA30128122028537. SWIFT-BIC: DABAGB2L.
Nordea Helsinki, Account Number IBAN FI8517453000102121 (Finland). BIC NDEAFIHH.
Donations can also be made in cash, or through a cheque at the Church itself. This can be done during regional services, or can be dropped in to the reception area at any other time. (Please note that cheques should be made out to The Finnish Church in London)
You can also send donations by post :
The Finnish Church in London, 33 Albion Street, GB-London, SE16 7HZ.
To become a supporting member you need to complete the membership form (found at reception in the Church itself) and pay a £50 Membership Fee ( + £15 family members). This can be done in one of three ways:
- by paying at the reception
- by sending a cheque to the church
- by paying via our Charity Checkout service or to our bank account
The Finnish Church in London Charitable Trust, Danske Bank, Sort Code: 30 12 81, Account Number: 22028537
As a member you are accepting a shared responsibility for the Church activities. You will gain benefits from your membership, and above all, you will safeguard the future of the Seamen’s Mission. Your support is very much appreciated.
In addition to the knowledge that your support is helping the survival of the Finnish Church here in London, some other membership benefits are:
10 % discount to several services (including shop and cafeteria) at the Church.
Reduced price in hostel accommodation at our churches in Hamburg and London.
Help us to help others!
Finnish Church Fairs are worth a visit! We have an Easter Fair usually in March and a Christmas Fair in November or December.
Finnish Easter Fair 2023
Opening times :
Come and enjoy traditional Finnish Easter treats and delicious food and pastries from our Cafe and Shop. Outside BBQ area offers a wide selection of drinks and food, inside we also have a wide range of Finnish gift items for yourself or a loved one.
Finnish Church Christmas Fair
”Scandinavians are born festive, so this Finnish market is sure to provide the most Christmassy of outings, despite it being held in a church in Rotherhithe rather than a snow-capped village. Browse traditional Finnish toys, design pieces, Christmas cards and plenty of Moomin memorabilia before tucking into some reindeer stew (none of Father Christmas’s team were harmed in the making of this dish), Finnish beer and cinnamon buns. There are plenty of edible treats to take home, too – rye breads, gravadlax, Fazer chocolates and cloudberry jam among them.” (Time Out 22.10.2015)
The Finnish Church Christmas Fair is held every year either in November or December.