Arrange your citizenship ceremony
Read how to book and attend a ceremony.
Published: 7 January 2021
Last updated: 29 November 2022
Please note due to refurbishment works, the Town Hall will be closed from 1 January 2023 to 11 January 2023. No ceremonies will be taking place during this time.
If you have not yet received an invitation letter from the Home Office you will not be able to make a booking and must wait until you have received it before attempting book.
Although your Home Office invitation letter states that you must book a citizenship ceremony within 21 days, you can book a ceremony as long as it is within 6 months from the date of the letter.
Attending a 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.
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 Westminster ceremonies are held
Westminster holds public group ceremonies on Tuesday and occasionally Wednesday afternoons. You may also arrange a private ceremony.
Ceremonies are held at The Old Marylebone Town Hall, Westminster Council House, 97-113 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5PT
What you should bring to the ceremony
- your original invitation letter from the Home Office or an email version if you’ve only received an email from home office
- your passport or photo ID
- face covering – you must wear a face covering while in the building
During the ceremony
- 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
- be presented with a certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack
- receive a gift from The City of Westminster
- have professional photographs taken which will be available to purchase
You are welcome to bring up to 2 guests. Please be aware that young children should be accompanied by adults.
If you arrange a private ceremony you may bring up to eight guests. Please be aware that when you make your booking online, the booking portal currently states that you are only able to bring a maximum of 2 guest to a private ceremony - but this can be ignored.
Private ceremonies are held at The Old Marylebone Town Hall on weekdays, or virtually via zoom depending on availability during the week. Weekends can be considered upon request, but this will be dependent on availability. Please note there is a fee for this service.
If you book a private citizenship ceremony, you can order a “first toast” service to celebrate becoming a new British Citizen by having a drink with your guests. This is an additional service, available Monday to Thursday, that can only be ordered in advance of your ceremony. You will have a choice of drinks to purchase from us so you will need to select what you would like. Please note that bringing your own drinks is not permitted. Once the form has been submitted, a registrar will call you to take the payment for the service and for the drinks.
Private citizenship ceremonies are also offered virtually through Zoom on a limited basis if you are not able to attend a ceremony in a face-to-face setting. Prior to the virtual private citizenship ceremony you will receive the Zoom ceremony meeting link to access on the day. Please email us at [email protected] to request a virtual ceremony explaining why you cannot attend a ceremony face to face.
If you attend a ceremony via Zoom, after the ceremony your naturalization certificate will be posted to the address shown on the Home Office Invitation Letter within 5 working days (please note that if you have moved you will need to contact home office with your change of address and wait for home office approval before the certificate can be posted out to you, it cannot be posted to an address abroad). There is a fee payable at the time of the booking.
You will need to be physically present within the UK in order to take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony.
|Monday to Friday (before 9am)||£155||£190|
|Monday to Friday (after 9am, before 5pm)||£120||£140|
|Monday to Friday (after 5pm)||£155||£190|