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-FieldsMap of nearby accommodations:
|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
Only visited the cafe in the crypt. Large seating area so good for bigger groups and if with children( there's brass rubbing best by too so good for keeping kiddos busy). Only given 3 stars as cakes were not as good as they looked, nor were there a lot to choose from. I would still come back, if I'm with kiddos and bigger group, but not otherwise.
Keith Hoo - 4 days ago
Vivaldi Four seasons by candlelight was fantastic. First experience of live classical music was awesome can't wait to book more. Church acoustic was really good, friendly atmosphere and a beautiful building. I will be coming back very very soon.
Mark Peeling - 5 days ago
Wonderful venue and first rate recitals. One of the best for free lunchtime concerts. All donations go to the upkeep of this beautiful church and London's homeless. Treat yourself and unwind. You won't regret it. Alex Pearl, author of 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds'
Alex Pearl - 30 days ago
A really nice place to visit if you're looking for a nice evening out with your wife/girlfriend. They have regular concerts of classical favourites by Mozart, Handel, Bach etc. Be careful buying too cheap tickets upstairs as you will not be able to see the orchestra and the viewing in the venue is restricted by pillars in general. Buy wisely by viewing the seating plan and reading up about it first. It is best to sit downstairs either facing the orchestra or on the first side boxes opposite. These are quite cheap and worth it as our are close up. But in front is best overall, despite the price.
Mark Burke - 1 month ago
At. Martin's in the Field is an Iconic church located on Trafalgar Square. It is worth a visit for the architecture but there are also frequent free lunchtime concerts which are also very worth while. On this occasion I was meeting up with friends for lunch in the Crypt which was very good. The Crypt tends to get busy and the service counter can be a little on the slow side but the food is pretty good and is a reasonable price. The atmosphere in the Crypt is also great Well worth a visit, even just for a quick coffee
Chris May - 1 month ago