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

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

Fee: No

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Churches Music Venues

Address: St Martin's Place
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 4JH
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7766 1100

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5 Star Rating Perhaps known more to classical music fans from overseas as a venue for music that gave rise to the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra,... Read More

Vincent L. Aug-19-2017

5 Star Rating As I wandered through London, I realized that I was adjacent to St Martin in the Fields, a name that I knew from listening to music programs on my local... Read More

Jen L. Dec-13-2016

5 Star Rating I had a vague recollection that St. Martin in the Field was a former church that now hosted concerts. Well, it does host concerts but it's a very active... Read More

Will T. Apr-18-2016

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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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Enjoy this piano performance by Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka, part of a 2010 concert series at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Not so sure if the dog visible under the piano liked it though!

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