Open House Festival

Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) London

religious, community/cultural

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62 Queensdale Road, W11 4SG

Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) London is the UK's oldest established Sikh Place of Worship. Originally founded in 1908 it has been at the current site since 1969 and has recently been refurbished into a modern Sikh place of worship.

Getting there

Tube

Holland Park

Train

Shepherd's Bush

Bus

295, 316, 49, 94

Additional travel info

From Shepherd’s Bush Central line or Overground use the subway to cross the road to Norland Road

Access

Facilities

Accessibility notes

All visitors are asked to remove their shoes and cover their heads (scarves are provided) whilst in the building.

About

History

The Khalsa Jatha, British Isles, London was formed in the year 1908, to promote religious and social activities among the Sikhs who had settled in the UK.

In 1911 the Jatha acquired a house in Putney (South London) for a period of 2 years. The opening ceremony was performed by Maharaja Bhupindra Singh of Patiala. In 1913 the Jatha bought the lease of 79 Sinclair Road, Shepherd Bush, London. Where the Jatha remained for 63 years.

As funds were raised, the Jatha purchased a building known as Norland Castle, Queensdale Road, London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and in 1969 the Jatha moved into the building where the Gurdwara now stands.

The dome was added in the early 1990's and the building was further refurbishment in 2000 and again in 2017.

Visiting the Gurdwara

The Gurdwara is open to all.

As a Sikh place of worship no alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco or non vegetarian food is allowed on the premises.

On entering the Gurdwara you will be asked to remove your shoes and to cover your head with a scarf or bandana (these are provided, but you may bring your own).

Visitors will be shown around the Gurdwara by volunteers and a talk on the history of the building will be given.

Free refreshments will be offered to visitors at the end of the visit.

Visitors will be welcome to stay on after the end of the tour to take part in a traditional Sikh service which includes singing of hymns and also having a vegetarian meal.

Library

The Gurdwara has a small Library and Exhibition room. During Open House an exhibition will be on display and a talk about the history of the Gurdwara will be given.

Online presence

khalsajatha.com

www.instagram.com/khalsajatha

Nearby

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