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

Fee: No

St. James's Church, Piccadilly Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 197 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LL, UK

Phone: 020 7734 4511

Official Website: St. James's Church, Piccadilly

St. James's Church, Piccadilly Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating You could be confused by the outer layer of this church, don’t be. Step inside to a pristine vaulted part of the community. From the gardens to the list of events and family atmosphere inside this place is a lived church. The font extraordinary the aisles full of light and colour and the alter dazzles.
Peter Robinson - a week ago

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5 Star Rating We had an amazing 'Winter Wonderland by Candlelight' concert experience in this gorgeous church on Saturday 30 December 2023. Bravo to The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, String soloists, Pianist & opera singer. My absolute favourite was Howard Blake Walking in the Air from The Snowman.
Reka Pardi-Kezi - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating It was my first time visiting a church, I was hesitated to come in since I am a Muslim with hijab, but they wrote on the front of the gate that they welcome all believers, I took video and pictures, I found it very interesting and different from our mosques but the same spirit and feelings.
chahra Ledjassa - 4 months ago

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4 Star Rating Went for an evening candle lit concert with the Picadilly Sinfonietta and sat upstairs. I thought the acoustics were good. We enjoyed a Vivaldi concert with Victoria (?) White leading.. we really enjoyed some unfamiliar works first and the four seasons in the second half. Do take a cushion if upstairs as the seats were not designed for comfort!
Mike Hansbury - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating This is such a wonderful experience-especially at Christmas. Very atmospheric. Beautiful church & takented musicians. Lovely.
joanna denton - 5 months ago

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Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Bakerview and Piccadilly LinesPiccadilly Circus3 MInutes
Jubilee and Victoria LinesGreen Park4 MInutes

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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