St James's Church
St James's Church
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Neighborhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 3 min walk
  • Green Park • 6 min walk
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Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
Las Rozas, Spain557 contributions
Jul 2022
Many people don't know that this charming little church is just a few steps from the nerve center of London on Piccadilly.
In London these small churches are also worth a visit to get an idea of ​​what the typical Anglican churches are like that the faithful who live here usually attend
It has a small and charming entrance patio in which there are always fair trade markets from different parts of the world.
The stained glass windows and the interior are nice, not spectacular but with a great feeling of light
Concerts of classical music and other alternative music are usually held, so it is a good opportunity to spend a pleasant afternoon there.
Written August 9, 2022
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,983 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a rather quaint and minimalistic church, full of light, that you can easily miss whilst walking through Piccadilly. It dates from the 1600's but was heavily bombed in WW2 so much has been rebuilt. Nevertheless it is a quiet and peaceful place sounded by terraces and the ubiquitous coffee shop.
Written February 17, 2024
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david n
Manchester, UK4,729 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Approached through some street food carts, this church is very easily missed. Inside it's got some nice stained glass windows but the star is the fabulous wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons behind the altar. Such delicacy of touch is magical.
Written November 14, 2023
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joannaf272
Petersfield, UK228 contributions
Dec 2019
This is my old school church where we went to a service once a year. It’s beautiful although somewhat faded now but embraces all uses so multi used which is what a church needs to be. It is always busy but there are still quiet places.
Written January 8, 2020
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MarmeladeGypsy
Lansing, MI244 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Located a block from Piccadilly Circus, this Christopher Wren-designed church is a little gem. Significantly damaged in WWII, it has been restored. The Grinling Gibbons baptismal font and altarpiece are works in themselves and the stained glass is quite lovely. The church offers free lunchtime concerts and we were pleased to attend two of them, both with excellent musicians. Several days a week there is a small market with food and shopping items on the churchyard square. Not great shopping but it is fun and the food we sampled was good. It is adjacent to the Southwood Garden, part of the church grounds, which during our visit had a lovely sculpture display and benches where we could enjoy the crepes we bought at the market. I was pleased and impressed.
Written November 7, 2018
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G M
Switzerland47 contributions
Nov 2016
Wonderful church. Staff a bit uneven on their welcome. Fantastic monthly taize is well worth attending. Check their detailed noticeboard out front. Great concerts.
Written February 2, 2017
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greatplaingirl
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK55 contributions
St James’s Church is a Grade I listed building just off Piccadilly. It is very close to Fortnum and Masons. I did not plan to go to church on a Monday evening, but the building and the courtyard were so inviting I could not resist. They hold arts and crafts markets in the courtyard.
Being in the heart of West End means they have to be very engaging and competitive to be noticed. I saw various adverts on concerts being held both at lunchtime and in the evenings. I wish I knew about them earlier.
I am not an expert on church buildings, but I thought it was very impressive, although it was clearly in need of urgent restoration. They are appealing to the public to raise £2Mln, and apparently they have already secured £1Mln.
The reception area was taken up by selling charity Christmas cards. You could actually walk through from Piccadilly to Jermyn Street.
It seemed a very lively and modern congregation to me in a heritage building.
Written November 23, 2010
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,607 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Yet another church built by Christopher Wren, on piccadilly. Nice piano recital going on when I visited. Small craft market in the church grounds
Written December 13, 2019
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AndrewMcCrorie
Wellington, New Zealand80 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went to a lunchtime concert. A nice diversion in London, well worth the donation (£5 minimum). Recommended for classical music fans.
Written December 10, 2019
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Andrewfamily2
Victoria15 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We were so very over awed with the architecture of the building, the age of the building, the graves in the courtyard and the food vendors market outside in the courtyard. Old and new all at once. This is a working church, people were in praying but it’s foyer was a route between streets. People walked right through to change blocks. Intriguing. We should have spent more time there.
Written June 18, 2019
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