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 VisitFee: No
Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, UK
Phone: 020 7766 1100
Official Website: St. Martin-in-the-Fields
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Northern and Piccadilly Lines||Leicester Square||3 MInutes|
|Bakerloo Line||Charing Cross||4 Minutes|
|District and Circle Lines||Embankment||8 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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Ratedout of 5
What a wonderful venue! Having been a long-time follower of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, this was my first visit to this hallowed place. The acoustics here are superb and the architecture is the best of high baroque in its understated English style. The beautifully vaulted crypt café is huge and the self-service is efficient, even when extremely busy, with a reasonable choice of food and drink available. Altogether a happy experience and one I wouldn't hesitate to repeat on future visits to London.
James Hypher - 7 hours ago
Beautiful little church. Visited in past as tourist and was very nice in heart of Trafalgar Square. Visited again recently for a violin 4 season concert classic and it was an outstanding venue with candles.
fabrice terrochaire - 2 days ago
Such a great place for a sit down and something to eat. Food still good & plentiful. Staff could smile a bit more for a place based under a church
Peter Moyes - 2 days ago
A pretty good concert venue. Sound quality in the middle is amazing. Food in the food court is pretty good, while being reasonable value. I would suggest that if going to any form of gig here that you hire a cushion though as otherwise you will be sitting on a hard bench for the whole of the performance. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The toilets are kept clean. The building is pretty nice as well.
Colin Day - 2 days ago
Such a cool location.. actually in the old crypt.. decided to have the "English afternoon tea" which was mostly good but the savoury food was a little dry. A great location and great concept.. just needs a little more love on the food front. Coffee was good.
Rob McLaughlin - 29 days ago