St James's Church

St James's Church, London

St James's Church
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Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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
The area
Address
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
Popular mentions

4.0
149 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
72
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Di V
36 contributions
A wonderful venue
Oct 2021
A beautiful church. We visited for a concert last evening by the Piccadilly Sinfonia celebrating Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons with pieces by Bach and Mozart. Magnificent. The acoustics in the church were just perfect. We will return to explore the church and hopefully be able to enjoy more musical experiences in the future.
Written October 24, 2021
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Lynsey R
London, UK28 contributions
Classical evening
Oct 2020 • Friends
TERRIBLE!

When I purchased the tickets I was. it informed we would be sat in the worst pew in the church. As we were a ‘bubble of four’ we were placed at the the top and at the very back of the church, with limited views; which I was not informed of when we booked.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND SEEING ANY PRODUCTION HERE.
Written October 3, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,102 contributions
Return of lunchtime concerts
Sep 2020 • Solo
Whilst the whole of theatre land remains in darkness and many churches remain shut let alone resuming the performance of live music all credit to St. James’s Piccadilly for restarting its series of lunchtime concerts. There are still two a week albeit on Wednesdays and Fridays different days than before the lockdown. Social distancing rules are carefully observed with available pews marked with a green sign alternating with those with a red no entry. Bookings are in advance although a gentleman in front of me at the church door had turned up on the off chance of getting in and obtained one of the last places available. This Friday a stirring recital by young pianist Dominic Doutney of C. P. E. Bach, Beethoven and Scriabin.
Written September 11, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
A beautiful Wren church - small but perfectly formed!
Jan 2020
You may well be tempted to give this church the miss, as you walk down Piccadilly on you way to other more significant attractions. And you may not even spot it at all, as it’s tucked away behind a little street market, the market stalls somewhat obscuring its presence. It’s certainly not one of London’s grandest or largest churches (and there are many of those), but it is quite historically significant, and for that reason alone worth a visit. The church was designed and built by Britain’s most highly acclaimed architect, Sir Christopher Wren. It’s one of some 50 churches he was responsible for, after the Great Fire of London in 1666. St James Piccadilly was consecrated in 1684. It suffered bomb damage in the first phase of the Blitz in 1940, and was fully restored.

The exterior is quite plain - a red brick structure trimmed with Portland stone. But step inside and you will find and extremely aesthetically pleasing interior, with graceful arches and curves that are balanced and symmetrical. Galleries are supported by square pillars, which continue up as Corinthian columns to the ceiling. The main arched ceiling is tastefully and simply trimmed to create a really elegant and light interior. I thought it quite beautiful, and pleased I stopped by. There are many notable memorials and burials in the church.

It’s a community church with and outreach to a wide range of minority groups, including the LGBT community, and those seeking asylum. It also has a schedule of concerts, and has hosted some notable contemporary musicians in the past.

It’s worth a visit!
Written January 8, 2020
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joannaf272
Petersfield, UK222 contributions
Memories
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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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Historic church in the bustling heart of London
Dec 2019 • Solo
The fine historic church of St James Piccadilly, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was consecrated in 1684. Located in Piccadilly, it is today surrounded by, and an oasis of spiritual peace in, this busy part of London

I popped in to find a brass band rehearsing, but also discovered one of the church's secrets - unseen, on the roof, are photovoltaic cells generating some of the electricity for the church and making a contribution to carbon reduction.

It is a cold grey wet day, so not much electricity was being generated on that day....
Written December 27, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,688 contributions
Wren Church
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
Harp Recital
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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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,983 contributions
What a church! Great find
Nov 2019 • Couples
So bright and ornate yet subtle. Modern and It’s quite different from what you might expect and they have great classical music at night. This was an unexpected find!
Written November 23, 2019
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NormKeith
Azusa, CA1,795 contributions
Part of London
Sep 2019
St James Church Piccadilly, also known St James's Church, Westminster, and St James in-the-Fields is an Anglican church opened in 1684. The church is relatively plain to many Catholic churches, but St James has a calm feeling inside. I was surprised at all the vendors in the courtyard mainly food vendors. I understand that concerts are held in the church. Nice little stop on the way to or from Piccadilly Circus.
Written October 17, 2019
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