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Burial and Cremation choices

The Burial Church

​The City of London Cemetery's Burial Church

Funeral choices​

One of the biggest choices you will be faced with following the death of a loved one is the choice between burial and cremation. If the deceased person has left a will, the executor has the right to decide (even if the will expresses a particular wish). If there is no will, the next of kin should decide.

Information about what to do after the passing of a loved one, including, registering a death, arranging a funeral and other bereavement contacts is included on our useful information.

We have also provided a list of frequently asked questions about burial and cremation for your convenience.

The Modern Crematorium

​The City of London Cemetery's Modern Crematorium

Cremation

We have four ceremonial chapels available for cremation funeral services and are known as the north, south, east and west chapels.  The north and south chapels are located within the modern crematorium and can seat 100 people with space for a further 200 to 300 people standing. The east and west chapels are located in our tradition crematorium.  The larger east chapel can seat 80 people, with the smaller west chapel able to seat 30 people.  All cremation chapels are fitted with state of the art digital music systems supplied by Wesley Music Ltd.

If you decide on cremation, you will be asked to specify what is to be done with the ashes afterwards. This responsibility lies with the applicant for cremation (the person who signs for the cremation to take place). To give families plenty of time, the crematorium will hold remains for up to three months at no charge. If no instructions are received within three months from the date of the cremation we will write to the applicant requesting instructions by a given date. If no instructions are received, the ashes are disposed of in a dignified manner within the grounds of the crematorium after the specified date; however, please do not feel you have to rush into a decision. We understand that families and friends need time to consider the options and, if you require longer, we are able to look after the ashes for a further period for a nominal fee.

For more information on the options available for ashes memorialisation, please download our Post Funeral brochure (5MB).

For full details of all of our Burial and Cremation options please download our Funeral Brochure (5MB).

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium is committed to reducing the environmental impact caused by the services that it provides. For this reason our crematorium is fitted with state of the art cremators designed to meet all current and future legislation. The abatement equipment used at our crematorium removes mercury and other toxic particles before any gases are released into the atmosphere, and we will continue to reduce the level of mercury emitted from the cremation process by over 50 percent. This has been achieved with no impact on the service that we provide to the bereaved.

Please contact the Cremations Team on 020 8530 2151 or cemetery@cityoflondon.gov.uk to arrange an appointment to visit our grounds to make your selection or if you have any further questions about any of the options available.​

The Dissenters Chapel

​The Dissenters Chapel

Burial

The City of London Cemetery has been providing first class burial options since 1856. We pride ourselves on ensuring that the process is as efficient and dignified as possible. We have two burial chapels available for the funeral service, the Anglican Church which is located at the end of Church Avenue on the left as you enter the cemetery, which is a newly renovated gothic Grade II listed building, and the non-conformist (or Dissenters) chapel located at the end of Chapel Avenue and can be seen from the main Cemetery gates. This chapel is also newly renovated and listed as Grade II.

Both of these burial chapels are also fitted with state of the art digital music systems supplied by Wesley Music.

Our Bereavement Services Team is available to advise you in person, in writing, by telephone on 020 8530 2151 or cemetery@cityoflondon.gov.uk

As with cremation, anyone may be buried at the City of London, regardless of their faith or the area they lived in. Religious groups are not segregated, although some areas of the ground are consecrated and others are not. Our staff are here to help you, so please do not hesitate to ask if we can be of any assistance. The City of London Cemetery provides a wide choice of graves, and we suggest that you visit us to view them before making your decision.

There are many factors to consider before choosing, including cost. Please telephone 020 8530 2151 to arrange an appointment, and a member of staff will be able to show you any of the choices you wish to see.

For full details of all of our burial and cremation options please download our Funeral Brochure (5MB).  

The Large Lawn Section

​The City of London Large Lawn area

Caring for your grave

The City of London operates an optional grave care scheme at the City of London Cemetery whereby graves can be planted and tended, i.e. either planted with spring and summer flowers or cleaned and weeded as required.

The fees for this optional service are dependent on the type and size of grave needing maintenance. All grave care fees and are shown in our fees and charges page.

Please contact the administration office on 020 8530 2151 or cemetery@cityoflondon.gov.uk for advice on whether this service is suitable for your individual grave.

​ ​Download our Funeral Brochure (5MB) for more information. 

Published:
26 April 2012
Last Modified:
28 August 2018

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