Diocese of London
|Archdeaconries||Charing Cross; Hackney; Hampstead; London; Middlesex; Northolt|
|Area||460 km2 (180 sq mi)|
|Co-cathedral||Westminster Abbey (1550–1556 only)|
|Patron saint||Saint Paul|
|Suffragans||Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham|
Emma Ineson, area Bishop of Kensington
Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington
Joanne Grenfell, area Bishop of Stepney
Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, area Bishop of Willesden
area Bishop of Edmonton (vacant)
|Archdeacons||Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London;|
John Hawkins, Archdeacon of Hampstead
Richard Frank, Archdeacon of Middlesex
Adam Atkinson, Archdeacon of Charing Cross and Bishop-designate of Bradwell
Catherine Pickford, Archdeacon of Northolt
Peter Farley-Moore, Archdeacon of Hackney
The Diocese of London forms part of the Church of England's Province of Canterbury in England.
It lies directly north of the Thames, covering 177 square miles (460 km2) and all or part of 17 London boroughs. This corresponds almost exactly to the historic county of Middlesex. It includes the City of London in which lies its cathedral, St Paul's, and also encompasses Spelthorne which is currently administered by Surrey. It encompasses most of that part of Greater London which lies north of the River Thames and west of the River Lea.
The diocese covered all of Essex until 1846 when Essex became part of the Diocese of Rochester, after which St Albans and since 1914 forms the Diocese of Chelmsford. It also formerly took in southern and eastern parts of Hertfordshire.
The Report of the Commissioners appointed by his Majesty to inquire into the Ecclesiastical Revenues of England and Wales (1835), noted the annual net income for the London see was £13,929. This made it the third wealthiest diocese in England after Canterbury and Durham.
Following the huge growth of the metropolis and its population in the 19th century, successive Bishops of London successfully campaigned for the appointment of several suffragan bishops to assist them in the care of the northern half of what became the County of London and later Greater London. A system of assigning "districts" to these suffragans evolved into an experimental area scheme in 1970. An archbishop's commission on the diocesan arrangements in Greater London was established in 1975 and chaired by Edmund Compton; its report considered but did not recommend forming all Greater London into an ecclesiastical province.
Since the formal institution of the London area scheme (the first of its kind) in 1979, the diocese has been divided into five episcopal areas, each of which is the particular responsibility of one of the diocese's suffragan bishops. It is further divided into archdeaconries and deaneries, as shown below.
|Two Cities Episcopal Area||Archdeaconry of London||Deanery of the City of London|
|Archdeaconry of Charing Cross||Deanery of Westminster Paddington|
|Deanery of Westminster St Margaret|
|Deanery of Westminster St Marylebone|
|Edmonton Episcopal Area
(area Bishop of Edmonton)
|Archdeaconry of Hampstead||Deanery of Central Barnet|
|Deanery of West Barnet|
|Deanery of North Camden (Hampstead)|
|Deanery of South Camden (St Pancras and Holborn)|
|Deanery of Enfield|
|Deanery of East Haringey|
|Deanery of West Haringey|
|Kensington Episcopal Area
(area Bishop of Kensington)
|Archdeaconry of Middlesex||Deanery of Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Deanery of Hampton|
|Deanery of Hounslow|
|Deanery of Kensington|
|Deanery of Chelsea|
|Deanery of Spelthorne|
|Stepney Episcopal Area
(area Bishop of Stepney)
|Archdeaconry of Hackney||Deanery of Hackney|
|Deanery of Islington|
|Deanery of Tower Hamlets|
|Willesden Episcopal Area
(area Bishop of Willesden)
|Archdeaconry of Northolt||Deanery of Brent|
|Deanery of Ealing|
|Deanery of Harrow|
|Deanery of Hillingdon|
Under the London area scheme the diocesan bishop, the Bishop of London retains oversight of the two cities of London and Westminster while the four area bishops have responsibility in their own episcopal areas. The suffragan see of Stepney was created in 1895, Kensington in 1901, Willesden in 1911 and Edmonton in 1970. The suffragan see of Marlborough existed from 1888 to 1918. On 1 May 2015, it was announced that Richard Chartres' (then-Bishop of London) proposal to take the See of Islington out of abeyance for the appointment of a "bishop for church plants" would go ahead. Ric Thorpe was consecrated bishop suffragan of Islington on 29 September 2015.
Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which do not accept the ordination of women as priests) is provided by a fifth suffragan bishop, Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham, who has the same ministry in the Southwark and Rochester dioceses. During a lengthy vacancy in that see, alternative episcopal oversight was offered by the area Bishop of Edmonton.
There are also several retired bishops living in the diocese, some of whom are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:
The London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) has responsibility for 155 Church of England schools within the London diocese, across 18 local authorities.
In December 2022, Martin Sargeant, formerly Head of Operations in the Two Cities, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to five years in prison for defrauding the London Diocese of £5.2m.