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

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Hours:
Opening 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

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Came to see female voices in Jazz and it did not disappoint some great covers and a great atmosphere. The food menu while minimal was prepared fresh and tasted great and the drink choices were great!
Kamara Barnett - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Went for the Life light display, it was short and sweet. Could have been longer, and more light shows, especially as we queued for over half an hour. Still nice though.
I L (Iris) - 3 months ago

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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 - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating This church is open for events lots during the week. The cafe in the crypt is a great place for food. I highly recommend it if you're visiting this part of London with young children and need a place with a bit more space and a slower pace for a lunch break. The prices are normal for London but the extra seating, highchair availability, and access to good changing rooms and toilets is really helpful.
Martin Lenski - in the last week

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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 - 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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