INTRODUCTORY EVENTS

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We would like to introduce you to our Bhakti Yoga London events series which we warmly invite you to connect with. Our events offer holistic life coaching and personal care to help you imbibe wellness, love and positivity in your life so that you can become the best version of yourself!

Immerse yourself in our mind, body and spirit programmes to balance your mental, physical and spiritual health. And meet like-minded people along the way!

Kick start your spiritual journey by dropping in to one of our introductory events.

Aashish Sharma

Aashish Sharma

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 14:16

Sundays

Every Sunday is a mini-festival at all Hare Krishna temples worldwide. With delicious multi-course vegetarian meals, music and spiritual discussion (and occasionally, dance and drama), guests can experience the world’s oldest cultural tradition.The programme provides an opportunity for anyone to learn about the lifestyle and culture of those who practice bhakti-yoga.

The Founder Acharya of the Hare Krishna movement, Srila Prabhupada, started the “Sunday Love Feast” in 1966. He would personally invite guests and cook the entire meal. He would serve the guests a variety of tasty Indian vegetarian preparations. Along with the vegetarian feast, Srila Prabhupada would chant with the guests, dance and give a lecture on the timeless sacred text, Bhagavad-Gita. Since then, a similar programme has been continued in all the Hare Krishna temples around the world to this date.

Secrets from the East
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Explore & Discuss

Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Location: VIP Room

Secrets from the East is a discussion-based, informal gathering, to personally experience bhakti. It's a place where you share your journey and meet practitioners of bhakti.

If you are new to bhakti or the community, join us here to get connected.

Discussions

Meditation

Food

Discussions

Meditation

Food

Listen to Sundays Message

Listen to Sunday's Message

Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Location: Temple Room
Discussion
Philosophy
Food
Discussion
Philosophy
Food
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Listen to Sunday's Message

Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Location: Temple Room
Speaker: TBC

[Class description updated weekly]

Discussion
Philosophy
Food
 

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Saturday, 14 January 2017 10:15

New Here?

Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which our guests can feel at home. Our desire is to make connecting to our Temple an easy process for you.

We would love to have you join us in the near future. How does next Sunday sound?

We attract a diverse array of people every day, all year round. From school and university groups to regular worshippers who come to take part in the colourful ceremonies.

Your first point of contact is the receptionist on the ground floor. You can ask any questions you may have about your visit to the receptionist who will do their best to serve you.

Though many people come for a variety of events, courses and other activities, the main attraction is our beautiful Temple Room on the first floor. This is where a beautifully decorated altar forms the focal point of worship throughout the day. In quiet hours, it is a place of deep peace and tranquility, and during worship services - joyous singing and dancing. Whatever the hour, you are sure to find it a unique experience.

Next Steps

Get started

Get Started

  1. Learn about us - Who are we and what do we practice?
  2. Find out how we engage with the community.
Get Connected

Get Connected

  1. Kick start your spiritual journey by dropping in for a Secrets from the East session.
  2. Explore further at our introductory events.
  3. Try one of our beginner courses and learn more.
  4. Experience our unique mantra meditation through music at one of our kirtan sessions.
Get Involved

Get Involved

  1. Grow your relationship with us through volunteering.
  2. Support us through a regular donation.
Get Involved

Get Social

  1. Come and enjoy our vegetarian meals at Govinda’s Restaurant.
  2. Looking for spiritual items? You will love Radha's Boutique!
Monday, 19 December 2016 21:55

Volunteer

We are always looking for enthusiastic people keen to give their skills, talents and time in service to Lord Krishna. We call it "seva". In Sanskrit, the word “seva” means “selfless service” or work performed without any desire for repayment or reward. Seva benefits us personally, bringing great joy and satisfaction to the heart. It also benefits the community as a whole.

There are many ways you can engage in volunteering alongside our vibrant community of both resident and non-resident volunteers:

  • Administration
  • Book distribution
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Deity worship
  • Education and training
  • Event management
  • Festivals
  • Finance
  • Food distribution to the homeless
  • Guest care
  • Kitchen services
  • Live broadcasts
  • Maintenance
  • Marketing
  • Outreach
  • Publications
  • Radha Krishna Records (our Temple record label)
  • Singing Hare Krishna maha-mantra in the streets
  • Sunday services
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:09

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!

Address
Radha-Krishna Temple
10 Soho Street,
London W1D 3DL
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7437 3662
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Nearest Tube Stations:

  • Tottenham Court Road (one minute walk)
  • Oxford Circus (five minute walk)

Guesthouse Facilities
We are located in a small building with a lot of activity which means our space is utilised to the maximum. We therefore unfortunately have no guesthouse facilities for visiting guests and life members of ISKCON. We are very sorry for this inconvenience.

Please do not come unannounced and expect that we can arrange accommodation. We have already been in the awkward position of having to send guests away with all their luggage and belongings.

If you are planning to stay in London, we recommend you find accommodation yourself. There are hotels nearby which are a walkable distance to the Temple.

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Saturday, 03 December 2016 12:42

About

Our History

The ISKCON-London Radha-Krishna Temple is a spiritual oasis in the heart of London. We are devoted to sharing the timeless culture and practices of bhakti-yoga from the great spiritual teacher, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who first brought the culture of bhakti to the Western world in 1965. We welcome everyone on their spiritual path to join us in our vibrant daily activities and events.

Originally located, since 1969, at Bury Place, opposite the British Museum, the Temple moved in 1977 to its current location at 10 Soho Street.

Who are we

Popularly known as the "Hare Krishna's", we are a worldwide organisation officially called ISKCON (the International Society for Krishna Consciousness). ISKCON is a bhakti-yoga tradition sitting on the Gaudiya Vaishnava "branch" of the Hindu "tree". Today, ISKCON comprises of 500 major centres, temples and rural communities, hundreds of vegetarian restaurants, thousands of local meeting groups and community food relief programmes, and millions of members on every continent and in every major city in the world.

The ISKCON-London Radha-Krishna Temple has wholeheartedly invested in serving and sharing our resources with the London community for nearly 50 years.

We are a UK registered charity (Charity number: 1132794). There are also more than 15 ISKCON centres across the UK including our national headquarters at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire. Find a centre near you.

Daily, we offer a variety of activities and services to our community.

Important causes to us

Our Founder

ISKCON was founded in 1966 in New York by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, affectionately known as Srila Prabhupada by his followers. With great effort and determination, at the age of 69 (when most people are retired), he journeyed from Kolkata to New York by cargo ship hoping to help the people of the Western world to reconnect with their spiritual essence. He sought to pass on the ancient teachings of bhakti-yoga and demonstrated how to practically apply this knowledge to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Srila Prabhupada has unlocked the secrets and sacred spiritual knowledge in the Vedic tradition and made them accessible to everyone. His "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is" is the largest selling edition of the Bhagavad-Gita in the Western world and translated in over 76 languages.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

What we practice

Bhakti-yoga

We are open every day of the year, with daily activities running from early morning until late evening. Join us for colourful worship ceremonies, healthy "karma-free" cuisine, daily meditation, talks and seminars; or pop into our boutique for spiritual books, health and well-being products, music and more.

Yoga is more than just a physical exercise. The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root, Yuj, which means to link up with or combine. The word "bhakti" is derived from the Sanskrit word, bhaj, which means loving service. Bhakti-yoga means to connect to the Supreme by means of loving devotional service.

And of all yogis, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all.
Bhagavad-Gita 6.47

Today, some yoga practitioners consider the physical benefits of yoga to be the end in themselves. But according to the traditional yoga systems, physical exercises are just one step on the path of God realisation. The Bhagavad-Gita (the core spiritual text of the Hare Krishna movement) explains bhakti-yoga (the path of dedication and love) as the culmination of other yoga practices. Bhakti-yoga focuses on developing our dedication, service and love for the divine Lord Krishna.

Conscious Living

The lifestyle of a bhakti-yogi is one of intentional actions and choices that are in favour of becoming conscious of the Supreme. Through a variety of activities, a bhakti-yogi aims to become a devotee of the Lord, training the mind along with our actions towards selfless service to all living beings and ultimately to Lord Krishna. Living in this way, we reduce our karmic reaction because our daily activities are intentionally devoted to the divine who is the controller of karma.

Some of the activities we do daily are: meditate, sing mantra music, study and live by the sacred Vedic wisdom, have daily philosophy discourses, eat only karma-free vegetarian food, and try in all spheres of our life to live in a way that upholds the principles of truthfulness, mercy, austerity, and cleanliness.

Mantra Meditation

Meditation is a spiritual practice found in practically all religious and spiritual traditions, although the methods differ.

The Vaishnava tradition recommends the chanting of the names of God to be a particularly effective method of spiritual awakening, simultaneously opening us to an incredibly empowering experience. Bhakti-yogis use mantra meditation both on an individual level and collectively through mantra music and singing called "kirtan".

Karma-free Diet

We believe that the sourcing, preparation and eating of food should be based on principles of compassion, non-violence and balanced living. Thus, bhakti-yogis advocate a strict vegetarian diet, avoiding any animal products. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna tells His friend and disciple, Arjuna, to offer everything to Him and in this way everything he does, thinks, and eats becomes freed from sinful reactions, or karma. In Sanskrit, this is called "prasadam", which means mercy. This is sanctified food that has been offered to Krishna with love and devotion.

How we give back to the community

Feeding the Needy

Our food distribution programme, Food For Life, gives out freshly-made hot vegetarian food (prasadam) on Mondays to Saturdays at various locations in London. Our branch in London is part of the Food For Life Global charity that combats hunger and crisis relief by serving two million free meals a day, internationally. Find out more at www.ffl.org.

Spiritual Education Courses

Our London College of Vedic Studies, based at our ISKCON-London centre, holds regular adult educational courses with an emphasis on moral education and vocational training in specific topics such as healthy lifestyle, cooking, music, and personal development. We also have free daily discourses and taster ses­sions on philosophy, meditation and yoga which is open to all.

Community Development

Our centre holds annually more than 10 large public festivals with more than 1,200 participants, and more than 20,000 participants during our annual summer Rathayatra procession at Trafalgar Square. We have daily street processions where we distribute books providing spiritual knowledge and invite the public to our centre through lively music and dance. We also annually distribute more than 60,000 books to the public.We are a lifeline for cosmopolitian London - our centre provides a quiet place to spend time, connect with others and have a warm meal.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of ISKCON-London. We have more than 300 volunteers who contribute to the day-to-day running of the Temple, organisation of events, festivals, courses, cultural showcases and all of our out­reach work. Volunteering, or "seva" in Sanskrit, is fundamental to one's emotional and spiritual health. Our volunteers are given full access to hands-on work and leadership roles, and are taken care of as individuals in a dynamic and lively environment.

Mission

Srila Prabhupada founded ISKCON in July of 1966. The incorporation document states Seven Purposes of ISKCON:

(1) To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all peoples in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.

(2) To propagate a consciousness of Krishna as it is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

(3) To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, and thus to develop the idea, within the members, and humanity, at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).

(4) To teach and encourage the Sankirtan movement of congregational chanting of the holy name of God as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

(5) To erect for the members, and for society at large, a holy place of transcendental pastimes, dedicated to the personality of Krishna.

(6) To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life.

(7) With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 20:27

Govinda’s Restaurant

Govinda’s estd. 1979
 
If there is one thing the Hare Krishna movement is known for (apart from singing and dancing on Oxford Street!) it’s our delicious vegetarian food. Some even joke that we are the "kitchen religion" - come find out why at our award-winning Govinda’s Restaurant - one of London’s oldest vegetarian eateries, established in 1979.
 
As a yoga tradition, we follow a "sattvic" diet - food rich in prana "life-force":
  • Nutritious
  • Wholesome ingredients
  • Free from meat, fish and eggs
  • Cooked fresh daily
  • Blessed before being served - so you can really taste the love!
 

MENU

We serve a set thali - a traditional Indian menu based on fresh vegetables, grains and lentils - with different options daily, as well as a buffet of other international delights such as pizza, quiche and lasagna. For the sweet tooths amongst you, we serve a variety of cakes as well as traditional Indian desserts flavoured with aromatic spices.
We always have vegan options and can advise on any other dietary requirements.
 
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Govinda’s Thali Menu
Govinda’s A La Carte Menu
Govinda’s Drinks and Desserts Menu
Allergies? Please ask what vegan, gluten-free or nut-free options are available at the counter.
Location
 
Opening Times
 
Monday to Sunday: 12.00pm - 9.00pm

Indoor dining (limited seating) & takeaway
Get in Touch
 
Phone
+44 (0)203 687 0617
Email
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Loyalty Card
 
Enjoy 7 meals and have the 8th one on us!*Minimum spend £6 per meal to qualify.
*8thfree meal up to £6 value
Catering
 
Our Head Chef, Thiru, will be happy to help cater for your special event.
Cake Orders
 
Eggless, vegan and nut-free options available.
 
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 19:55

Visit the Temple

Visit the Temple

Our Temple will leave a deep, positive, and purifying impression in your mind and heart. Spend peaceful alone-time here, attend a worship service or talk, or come for gatherings and festivals.
 
We attract a diverse array of people all year round. On any given day, as well as regular worshippers, we welcome school and university groups who come to take part in the colourful ceremonies and singing.
 
Your first point of contact is the receptionist on the ground floor. You can ask any questions you may have about your visit to the receptionist who will do their best to serve you.
 
Our beautiful Temple Room, on the first floor, is where a beautifully decorated altar forms the focal point of worship throughout the day. In quiet hours, it is a place of deep peace and tranquility, and during worship services - joyous singing and dancing. Whatever the hour, you are sure to find it a unique experience.
 
Location
 
Opening Times

Daily, 4.30am to 9:30pm

The Temple is open in accordance with Government guidelines. We advise checking here before visiting.

 
Get in Touch

Phone
+44 (0)20 7437 3662
Email
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Darshan Times

Everyday

4:30am - 5:00am
7:00am - 7:30am
8:00am - 11:45am
12:00pm - 1:00pm
4:15pm - 6:30pm
7:00pm - 7:30pm
9:00pm - 9:30pm

Building Plan

Ground Floor - Temple Entrance/Reception & Govinda's Restaurant
1st Floor - Temple Room
2nd Floor - Radha's Boutique
3rd Floor - Seminar Rooms

Watch

On 17th July, London witnessed its 48th Rathayatra festival taking place at the heart of Central London. Three beautifully decorated wooden chariots carried Lord Jagannath, Lady Subhadra and Lord Baladeva, deities from the Hare Krishna centre based in Soho Street. The journey began from Hyde Park corner and the chariots were pulled by hand in a joyous procession filled with music  and dance.
Monday, 18 July 2016 11:22

Largest Hindu Festival in London

Rathayatra - a dynamic event full of life, family, tradition and colour lines the streets of central London in early summer - celebrating diversity and unity, love and peace, and everything in-between; where Hindus of all backgrounds, guests, tourists and the culturally-minded unite in whirlwind of dancing in the streets.
A six-hour marathon for peace was hosted in London on Sunday 31st July 2016 by the Hare Krishna movement, in response to the recent senseless killings and mind-less atrocities of innocent people across the world.

STAY CONNECTED WITH US

What's Next

Courses
 

Try one of our introductory courses and learn more.

Kirtan
 

Experience our unique mantra meditation through music at one of our kirtan sessions.

Get Involved
 

Grow your relationship with us through volunteering.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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