Arrange your citizenship ceremony

Once your application for British citizenship is approved by the Home Office you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony. This is the final step on the journey to becoming a British citizen.

Full details of citizenship ceremonies are available on the Home Office website.

Do I have to attend a ceremony?

  • you must attend a citizenship ceremony if you are over 18 years old and living in the UK
  • children under 18 years old don't have to attend a ceremony but are encouraged to

When and where are Westminster ceremonies held?

Westminster holds public group ceremonies every Monday morning. You may also arrange a private ceremony.

Ceremonies are held at Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.

Book your citizenship ceremony

Please contact the Westminster Register Office to arrange your citizenship ceremony.

Telephone: 020 7641 7500


What do I need to bring to the ceremony?

  • ​your original invitation letter from the Home Office
  • your passport or photo ID

What happens during the ceremony?

  • you’ll swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold UK values and laws
  • the ceremony will be held by the Lord Mayor or Deputy Mayor
  • you’ll be presented with a certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack
  • you’ll receive a gift from The City of Westminster
  • professional photographs will be taken and will be available to purchase


You are welcome to bring two guests to celebrate this special occasion with you.

Private ceremonies

You can also arrange a private ceremony. Private ceremonies are available on weekdays and occasional Saturdays. They take place at Westminster City Hall and Mayfair Library. Please note there is a fee for this service. 

Private citizenship ceremonies Monday to Friday Saturday
Individual £110 £150
Family (more than one person) £120 £160

Last updated: 1 April 2016
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