Hookers in the House of the Lord: The Reunion, 21 October 2022.

This autumn marks 40 years since the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) occupied the Church of the Holy Cross in the red-light area of King’s Cross, London, for 12 days to protest “police illegality and racism” against sex workers.

Tickets for our event below were snapped up before we had a chance to publicise it! However, please let us know as soon as possible if you’d like to go on the waiting list for any spaces that become available. Email us at: ecp@prostitutescollective.net 

If you have a ticket already and can no longer attend, please remember to cancel your order within Eventbrite so that we can make sure others have the chance to come. 

The event will be recorded, and we’ll live stream from our Instagram account on the night @ecp_org.

To mark this anniversary and as part of the Bloomsbury Festival, the Holy Cross Church has invited the ECP back to the Church to reflect on the significance of the occupation then and today with others who were there at the time – local residents, the church and the police. The event, Hookers in the House of the Lord – The Reunion, is modelled on the Radio 4 series.   

Participants include Selma James, first spokeswoman for the ECP, Nina Lopez(ECP) and Sara Callaway (Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike) who were all part of the occupation along with Bishop Peter Wheatley, former vicar of Holy Cross, and others.

The story will be retold with news clips and first-hand accounts. There will be an opportunity to put forward written questions.

For more information about the occupation see: “Hookers in the House of the Lord” in Sex, Race and Class, Selma James. And here.


This event is free and suitable for audiences aged 16+.

Accessibility note: There is a ramp into the church but no disabled access to toilet.

Organised and presented by the English Collective of Prostitutes / Holy Cross