The cremation service


The crematorium chapel seats 94 downstairs and 36 in the gallery, is bookable at forty minute intervals from 10am until 4.40pm.

Services at 9am & 9.30am are thirty minutes only, at a reduced fee.

It is possible to book a longer time for an additional charge. Feel free to inspect our premises, without prior appointment, and talk to a member of staff if you think this will help you in making the funeral arrangements.


Words & Music

The Board places no restriction on how your time in the chapel is used and you should be free to suggest any prayers, readings, poetry and eulogies, in consultation with your officiant, if you have one, that you think will be most appropriate for the occasion.

William Congreve, the eighteenth century poet wrote, “Music alone with sudden charms can bind the wand’ring sense and calm the troubled mind”. Music can play an important part in the service and can mean so much to relatives and friends.

Catafalque with side flowers

Organ MusicOrgan Music

Mortlake Crematorium is one of the few which can boast a real pipe organ. Played from the gallery, and therefore out of sight, the instrument was built by John Hayward Compton in 1939.  Although of modest specification it works well in our excellent acoustic. Your Funeral Director or our staff can give you names of organists that can be hired for your service.

Soloists & Rehearsals

As an alternative to congregational singing (or as well as) visiting soloists are welcome to perform and other instrumental music for brass, strings or harp can also be used with good effect.


Floral Tributes :

These will be displayed in one of two floral courtyards and will be left on view, for five days following the service, unless it is requested that they remain longer.

The Reception :

Following the cremation service you may wish to hold a reception for family and friends. Whilst many may choose to return to the family home others may wish to arrange for this to be in the locality of the crematorium. Here are just few suggestions. Please do let the venue know that you found the details from the Mortlake Crematorium Website and they will be pleased to discuss your personal requirements.

  • The Tapestry, 1 Lower Richmond Road, London, SW14 7EZ
    Telephone: 020 8878 7177 or phone Jackson Firioni 07801 945573
    Next to Mortlake Green, nearest station Mortlake Rail Station
  • Putney Town Rowing Club at Mortlake, Rowing Club,Kew Meadow Path,Richmond TW9 4EN
    Telephone: Susan Pictor 07879 694967 or email
    Next to Mortlake Crematorium, nearest station Mortlake Rail Station/Kew Gardens
  • Coach Horses Hotel, 8 Kew Green, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3BH
    Telephone: 020 8940 1208
    On Kew Green, nearest station Kew Gardens
  • Quintin Hogg Memorial Ground, University of Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Road, Chiswick, London, W4 3UH
    Telephone 020 8995 6863
    Nearest Station Grove Park Rail station
  • Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 5HX
    Telephone 020 8940 8207
    Nearest station Richmond Rail and Underground Stations
  • Richmond Hill Hotel, 144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 6RW
    Telephone: 020 8940 2247
    Nearest station Richmond Rail and Underground Stations
  • Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UZ,
    Telephone 020 8940 7471
    Nearest station Richmond Rail and Underground Stations
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