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

Regular 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


Rated 4.5 out of 5St James's Piccadilly Star Rating

5 Star Rating A charming church amidst the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly. It is one of the filming locations for the Netflix series Bridgerton. They have 2 clean WCs on site. There is upper level seating inside the church. Beautiful layout.
Shame A Name - 6 months ago

5 Star Rating Love this church, I visited last Sunday 12 March 2023 and took these photos! Hope you like. The service was really nice although I couldn't stay long. They also do special talks here, which are great. Check them out.
Angel Visions - 8 months ago

5 Star Rating Every wed and Fri they have a free (donations) classical concert here! Honestly going to a concert in a church is a once in a lifetime experience and the fact you can do this for free is a bonus! There is also a food market outside so worth the visit at a lunchtime especially to break up the madness of piccadilly
Tatum Stander - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating I’ve been coming here for many years for various evening events - some lunch concerts, Alternative Events and also to the little market outside which has been there as long as I can remember. Beautiful church with lovely feeling and atmosphere. Brilliant to see how busy the lunch concerts can get. Nice to bring musicians and the community together!
Cherry Brandy Kiss - 1 year ago

5 Star Rating A very beautiful church dating back to 1685. It is currently open from 8.30am each morning to the public. Following the recent death of the Queen, a book of condolences is available to sign and candles can be lit. Located on Piccadilly.
Eddie Rogers - 1 year ago

Accommodations near St. James's Church, Piccadilly :


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