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Reignite St John's for 2021

Reignite - Building a home for all our futures

St John’s Waterloo is a landmark building in the heart of central London, home to an orchestra, a festival, employment courses and a host of climate-change activities.

Reignite 2021 is our campaign to improve our space and services, so that we can continue to help people thrive. We’re reigniting this much-loved London landmark, and we hope to do it by 2021.
We’re raising £5 million to transform this historic church an accessible, sustainable hub, where everyone in the community can flourish. We’ve raised £3 million so far. We need the final £2 million by summer 2020 to invest in arts, community and environment.




As part of our larger restoration project, Reignite, we're repacing the 810 small panes of glass that make up the 10 large arched windows of St John's Waterloo. If St John's and Waterloo means soemthing to you, even if you just enjoy passing this great London landmark on the bus, please consider making a £12 donation and having a new windowpane recorded as a gift in your name or in the name of someone special to you.

St John's has been here since 1824. After restoration, it will be here for hundereds of years to come. We'd like you to be part of that history.

Please donate here and email us to tell us to whom our window is dedicated


Our vision


  • State-of-the-art performance space
  • Transformed acoustics and lighting
  • Improved players' and audience  experience
  • A new home for Southbank Sinfonia
  • Upgraded facilities for Waterloo Festival


  • Employment Training
  • Well-being programme
  • Better facilities for the Waterloo Foodbank and our homelessness projects
  • Fully accessible crypt for all


  • Carbon-positive crypt
  • Solar Panels
  • Sustainable heating system
  • Flourishing garden, open to all

The renovation, by award-winning architect Eric Parry, will provide a pioneering, environmentally sustainable crypt, performance space and church. The upgraded St John’s will offer more support for the local community and for people in need, with well-being programmes, employment training and a better foodbank as well as art exhibitions and a calendar of concerts and events. All in the setting of our wrap-around community garden, a leafy green sanctuary in the heart of central London.

Will you join us, by giving towards our final round of funding? Every donation is carefully recorded and brings you into this story of transformation. 

St John’s has served the people of Waterloo since 1824, when it opened in what was a deprived area on the south Bank of the Thames. During World War II its crypt served as an air raid shelter. The artist Hans Feibusch, a refugee from Germany, painted the murals at the altar. In the 1990s, St John’s helped the many homeless people in and around Cardboard City. In 1951, it was restored as the Festival of Britain church, welcoming denominations from all over Britain and the Commonwealth.

Today the church desperately needs redeveloping so that its inclusive spirit can continue to help people, regardless of their background. Our ambition is to renovate the building by 2021, in time for the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.

Our supporters so far:

  • Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund
  • Heritage of London
  • The Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund
  • The congregation of St John’s Waterloo
  • The Clothworkers' Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Trust 
  • Allchurches Trust
  • The Swire Charitable Trust
  • London Borough of Lambeth
  • The City Bridge Trust
  • The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
  • The Rayne Foundation
  • The Kirsch Foundation

Every donation helps – from £10 to £100,000. We welcome one off donations or regular giving, annually, quarterly or monthly. Our bank details are below. And Gift Aid can increase your gift by 25% at no cost to you!

Or you can donate directly to us or set up a standing order. For sums over £500 we prefer direct donations.

CAF Bank
A/C Name: The PCC of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Waterloo
A/C Sort Code 40-52-40
A/C Number 00022879
Ref: Reignite 2021
If you donate directly please email Giles Goddard for acknowledgement and a Gift Aid form.


(can be given in instalments)

Will fund
£12 A new pane of glass in windows
£50 5m2 of acoustic improvements
£200 A named chair in church
£3,000 A step of the new staircase into crypt
£15,000 Renovation of part of Long Room
£50,000 A new room for training and community use

Donate here
How we will acknowledge your gift
£100,000 & over You may name a large room in the new Crypt.
£50,000 - £99,999 You may name a small room in the Crypt.
£5,000-£49,999 You become a member of the Long Room Circle. Name on board in Long room, Crypt, plus discounted Festival tickets & invitations to Reignite dinners & events.
£1000 - £4,999 Name on new staircase to Crypt, discounted Festival tickets, invitations to Reignite dinners & events.
£200 - £999 Name on a church chair. Discounted Festival tickets.
£10 - £199 Name recorded in Book of Supporters. Discounted Festival tickets.
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