St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square has been featuring a popular Lunchtime Concert Series for over 60 years.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church at Trafalgar Square
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church at Trafalgar Square cc licensed photo by Robert Scarth

St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a beautiful old Anglican Church located at the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square. The present building was completed in 1726 and features a classical style with Corintian columns and a high steeple. We have included this church in our 'Theatres and Venues' section because it features a popular Lunchtime Concert Series performed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1pm., a concept similar to that at St.James's Piccadilly St.

This enjoyable series has a history going back to the beginning of World War II during which a series of Lunchtime Concerts were held at the neighbouring National Gallery. The St. Martin's Church took over the concert series at the end of the war. The concerts promote emerging new talent and provide musicians a professional venue where they can perform for an appreciative large audience. You can be asured that these concerts are of a very high quality and the church is well known for having excellent acoustics.

While these concerts are technically free, they are more than worth the suggested donation of £3.50 which also helps with work done by the church. In addition to the Lunchtime Concerts the church also features Jazz Nights.

It is also worth noting the St. Martin-in-the-Fields has a cafeteria located downstairs in the 18th century crypt. This hidden spot serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. The food and service are rather uninspiring, however the prices are very cheap for this area. The menu changes daily to reflect local ingredients.

To see what concerts are upcoming at St. Martin-in-the-Fields check the calendar on their official website which is linked to below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Trafalgar Sq, London WC2N 4JJ, UK

Phone: 020 7766 1100

Official Website: St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Still elevated to the clouds of joy and mesmerized by the incredible talent of The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of London. Incredible performance on this Friday after Thanksgiving in St-Martin-in-the-Fields. We had front row seats. The intensity of the cellist and the top violinist will stay with me forever. Bravo a thousand times. Must must MUST experience.
Farnoosh Brock - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating Concerts are a little special here. The church itself is over granduer with a basic structure of puritanism. The distinct far window is to behold is this the entrance to a portal. Candlelight concerts are not just candlelit, but have candles shattered about.
Peter Robinson - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating I went to have a coffee with a friend. It was lovely to eat and drink. Prices not high. Was really busy,queue for the food,but was worth.
Nil Romano - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿I have passed by it hundred of times and recently I visited a section of it with my lovely cousin a few days ago. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 St. Martin-in-the-Fields church dates back to 1222 (Norman times) , but the current building was actually completed in 1726. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 A cool “hidden” (not really hidden lol) crypt cafe where we felt like transporting back in time. A little creepy feeling but once I entered it quickly disappeared. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Interesting place to sit down, chat and relax while enjoying a nice and expensive cup of coffee under a unique crypt setting. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The church is named after St. Martin of Tours, a 4th-century bishop known for his charity work. Hence the rich association of the church with charitable work. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 If you wonder why “in-the-Fields” part of the name. Well it is all because during its medieval all this was a countryside area just outside the city of London. The name “in-the-Fields” remains as a historical reference. BEAUTIFUL CHILLY DAY TO ENJOY LONDON EMBRACE THE WEATHER 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿😂♥️
JennySkyIsTheLimit - 2 months ago

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3 Star Rating Beautiful church. I wanted to look inside but they were about to start services, and was shooed out by a parishioner. Never new any Christian, Hebrew, or Muslim service being secret or as unwelcoming as this was. Weird. Although they have hired security, it looks like they need to procure some sanitation or have bins available for all the trash about. Sad.
Mark Smith - 5 months ago

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Piccadilly LinesLeicester Square3 MInutes
Bakerloo LineCharing Cross4 Minutes
District and Circle LinesEmbankment8 Minutes

How to get to St. Martin-in-the-Fields by Tube

From Leicester Square Station walk south along Charing Cross Road.

From Charing Cross Station take the Trafalgar Square Exit.

From Embankment Station head northwest along Villiers Street then left on Strand and slight right on Duncannon Street.

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