St. James's Church, Piccadilly

St. James's, Piccadilly features free lunchtime recitals 3 days a week.

St. James's Church, Piccadilly is the home of free lunchtime recitals
St. James's Church, Piccadilly is the home of free lunchtime recitals cc licensed photo by ahisgett

St. James's Church, Piccadilly is a beautiful Christopher Wren design church that was first consecrated in 1684. The church has a rich history with minor repairs and renovations taking place throughout. Major repairs where performed in 1884 and again between 1947 and 1954 after major damage from a bomb strike during the Second World War.

We have included this church in our 'Theatres and Venues' section because of it's popular lunchtime recitals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a concept similar to that of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. These recitals are popular with tourists and locals alike. The 50 minute recitals begin at 1:10 pm and are free, however donation £3.50 is suggested. There are also evening concerts scheduled throughout the year, but most of these do have an admission charge.

You can view a list of the upcoming concerts playing at the St. James's Piccadilly on their official website linked above.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: St. James's Church, Piccadilly

Fee: No

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.

  • Monday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Thursday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Friday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Saturday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Category: Churches

Address: 197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7734 4511


Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 13 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating St James's is a famous landmark on Piccadilly, and an excellent of the work of Sir Christopher Wren. The church was built in 1672-84 on land set aside by... Read More

David J. Jul-06-2013

5 Star Rating I love this church (one of Wren's) and make it a point to stop here while I'm in the Piccadilly area. It's a great break between visiting the bookshops &... Read More

Karishma P. Feb-18-2017

5 Star Rating This is a great place to visit if you're walking down Piccadilly. Beautiful Sir Christopher Wren design with frequent concerts to enjoy and an interesting... Read More

Elaine S. Apr-14-2016

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How to get to St. James's Church, Piccadilly by Tube

From Piccadilly Circus Station exit onto Coventry St. and go to your left (west), then left on Shaftesbury Ave. Continue on Piccadilly Place. Watch for St. James's Church, Piccadilly on your left.

From Green Park Station head northeast along Piccadilly to the church which will be on your right.

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Video of one of the popular lunch time recitals held at St. James Church

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