Union of London Road Church with Holyrood Abbey Parish Church

As part of a wider plan to reorganise the churches in the East of Edinburgh, London Road Church and Holyrood Abbey Parish Church have been joined together. The united congregation meets in the building formerly used by Holyrood Abbey, next to Meadowbank retail park.

The London Road Church building is now closed and will be sold in due course.

To learn more about the new congregation of Meadowbank Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, please visit:

Meadowbank Church of Scotland, Edinburgh
83 London Road,

Scottish Charity Number SC000052

Facebook Group

There is now a Facebook group for Friends of London Road Church to keep in touch and share their memories and photographs.

All welcome! 

(Note: The group is run by former members. Meadowbank Church takes no responsibilty for the contents nor the views expressed there.)

About Us

We are the Church of Scotland congregation in the Abbeyhill area of Edinburgh. We are close to Edinburgh’s city centre, on the corner of London Road and Easter Road. Services are at 11am every Sunday and last for about an hour. Special services are held at times of Christian festivals, like Christmas and Easter.

We offer a warm welcome to all who join us in our worship and in our life together as people on a journey of faith.

The main entrance to the church is on London Road. Go through the big door into the entrance hall, where you'll be given a hymn book and shown through one of two smaller doors into the main part of the church. Feel free to sit anywhere but it's probably best to avoid the front couple of rows unless you're part of a baptism party or wanting to join the Young Church. Wheelchair access is available on request at the main entrance.

In common with many Church of Scotland congregations, London Road celebrate a formal service of Holy Communion four times a year. These are slightly longer than normal services and take place on the last Sunday of January, April, June and October. There is usually a short service of Communion after the main service on the last Sunday of other months. All are welcome at God’s table.

On all other Sundays, tea and coffee are served in the halls after the service. The halls are accessible from Easter Road, and via stairs or chairlift from the church.

We are always delighted to have children around. Busy-bags can be borrowed from the main entrance to help entertain them.

The Young Church meet on most Sundays between October and June. The children sit near the front of the church until the end of the second hymn and then go down to the halls for games, songs and stories. We also have occasional All Age services designed for the whole church family to worship together. Check the calendar opposite to see if one's coming up. During the summer months, services generally tend to be more informal. (Note: The Young Church do not meet on the Sundays of the quarterly Communion services.)

A crèche room is available for younger children. Handily, it's reached by going down the stairs at the front of the church where everyone can see you. Nonetheless, parents are encouraged to bring babies and toddlers in and out of the service as the need arises. Head towards the doors at the front, looking harassed, and someone will show you the way.

Occasionally, short series of Bible Studies or courses reflecting on our Christian faith are held. All are welcome and no previous knowledge is required.

We are currently without a minister but if you are looking for information on baptisms, weddings or funerals or would like to speak in confidence about something which is troubling you, please use the contact details at the side of the page and someone will be in touch.

Whatever your situation, and whether you've been a Christian for a long time or you're merely interested in learning more about what we believe, we'd be very pleased to see you on Sunday.

We won't bite and there are normally decent biscuits.

Where to find us

London Road Church is situated close to Edinburgh city centre at the corner of London Road and Easter Road. Heading from Princes Street, take a right past the Playhouse and the church is clearly visible by the edge of the road at the first major junction. No 1, 4, 5, 15, 19, 26, 34, 35 and 44 Lothian buses stop almost at the door.

London Road Church, 1a Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5PH.
Scottish Charity No. SC000896