Notre Dame de France 5 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BX
020 74402663


Our Vision is to gather people of all cultures through a joyful and dynamic Catholic celebration of faith in the heart of London.

Held annually, Spirit in the City Festival aims to share the Good news of Christianity with all who visit the West End of London. This is done in a lively, joyful and simple manner which shows that our call to life in Christ is one that brings joy, peace
and excitement.

The festival is open to all and welcomes all, no matter the journey. The events featured in the festival include live music, faith talks, prayer and the sacraments.

The story

We are all searching for new ways to connect with God and others around us and the festival gives people a great opportunity to raise the deeper questions of life.

Our desire is simply to share with people the truth of God’s love for each of us and make space for them to experience the God who made us and who calls us into relationship with Him.

Simply reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have”. (1 Peter 3:15)

Welcome & Information

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Children’s activities

Street evangelisation

Food preparation – outreach to the poor

Adoration tent

Live music

Prayer ministry

Workshops & Talks


I want to express my support and admiration for the Spirit in the City Festival, this important evangelisation event in London’s West End.
I invite you all to be part of
the event and to help bring the joy of
the Gospel to the West End of London.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster

“The Spirit in the City Festival is a unique opportunity for Catholics in the Capital to come together in a great act of praise, worship, witness and service. Leicester Square is a world famous location and a meeting-point for the globe! To have the privilege of witnessing to the joy of the gospel in this place and space is a real blessing. From worship, entertainment and teaching on the main stage, to the calmness of the prayer tent and the “listening space” for those who might want to make their confession or to just talk, to the many conversations with passers by and invitations to “come and see”, the smiles on people’s faces are testimony to the palpable love, joy and peace the Spirit in the City Festival brings to the West End. Organising this is no mean feat and requires long and careful planning but it is worth every minute.”

Fr Chris Vipers

Director of the Westminster Diocesan Agency for Evangelisation

In Notre Dame de France, we live, pray,
and work just off Leicester Square,
in the buzzling heart of London.
How can our Church be a beacon of hope for the so many visitors
of the West End?
In trying to answer this question, Spirit
in the City was born, the Catholic Festival at the heart of London!

Join in and you will experience
the joy of the Gospel.

Fr Pascal Boidin

Rector, Notre Dame de France

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Romans 10: 15