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

Open Now

Hours 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

Directions

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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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5St Martin-in-the-Fields Star Rating

5 Star Rating 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

5 Star Rating 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

4 Star Rating 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

4 Star Rating 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

4 Star Rating 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

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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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