St Martin-in-the-Fields
St Martin-in-the-Fields
4.5
ConcertsArchitectural BuildingsChurches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a landmark. Its fine Georgian architecture and prominent location place it at the heart of the nation. Its work has valued historic tradition, but St Martin’s has always been innovative in response to changing needs. From London’s first free lending library to the first religious broadcast, St Martin’s has broken new ground in defining what it means to be a church. Solidifying its position for years to come, St Martin's has an award-winning cafe, puts on concerts with London's best musicians, and hosts fantastic events in its unique subterranean spaces. Free lunchtime concerts take place every Monday, Tuesday and Friday, a fantastic way to hear both established and emerging stars of the classical scene. As well as the fantastic food on offer in the Cafe in the Crypt, during the summer months St Martin's opens the Cafe in the Courtyard, offering a host of al fresco delights.
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Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
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  • Grasmi909
    London, United Kingdom141 contributions
    Features in the famous nursery rhyme and well worth a visit
    Visited Church and crypt and both are well worth seeing. All sorts of concerts take place there at lunchtime and in the evening and the old crypt is a real delight and a great place for a meal or just a drink. Slightly ironic that for a well known building steeped in history you can’t use good old fashioned cash! Highly recommended.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • ianwyj
    Singapore5,201 contributions
    Lovely church, well known as a concert venue
    We visited the church as we knew it more as a venue for lunchtime and evening classical musical concerts. Very elegant interior, and an intimate atmosphere in a building dating back to the 1700s. Located just off Trafalgar Square, and it made a convenient shelter during a lunctime shower in London. Also visited the crypt - now converted to a rather atmospheric cafe with the entrance outside and just next to the church.
    Visited December 2022
    Written March 31, 2023
  • DunelmArts
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,132 contributions
    Fabulous Thursday Lunch Time Concerts
    Visited St Martin in the Fields after lunch in the Crypt. Every Thursday there is a free concert of sacred music beginning at 1pm which lasts for about half an hour. The choir was amazing, made all themore wonderful by the beautiful surroundings. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 12, 2023
  • JAF
    London, United Kingdom34 contributions
    Music in the Crypt
    Sinatra tribute in the crypt. Brilliant evening. Band and singer were great. Lovely polite bar staff eager to help. Purchased meat and cheese platers with wine.. perfect.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 26, 2023
  • nomybo
    Lunenburg, Massachusetts75 contributions
    Absolutely wonderful!
    Attended the Thursday lunchtime Great Sacred music service. A peaceful break from the hustle of the city. Absolutely wonderful; beautiful surroundings, angelic voices and an interesting discussion of the music presentation
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 11, 2023
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empathology
Rotterdam, The Netherlands513 contributions
May 2022
A pleasant church in the very centre of London, this venue has been hosting intimate concerts for a very long time. Acoustics are good, though you may just hear the noise of Trafalgar Square outside during the silences. Seating is the church pews plus other spaces - take care that you don't pick a seat that has partial views! The cafe in the crypt offers a small range of (somewhat pricey) food, and you can take your drinks in with you. And the staff are courteous and friendly.

If you're kicking your heels in central London, check out their programme - it's not expensive and is a nice way to spend a few hours in the company of (often) fine musicians.
Written May 21, 2022
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David ANDREWS
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Sep 2023 • Friends
Went for a TJ JOHNSON gig on Wednesday 27/9. Band were excellent. Huge negative was the service for the pre ordered food and drinks. The staff couldn’t understand that I’d ordered two platters, one for me, one for my friend, which included two glasses of wine per platter. After several explanations with various members of the staff we got the two platters, unfortunately they insisted that we were only entitled to one glass of wine. I showed them the confirmation, clearly indicating two glasses of wine per platter. After further conversation with the staff, who kept referring me to other colleagues, I went to the bar, for the third time, insisting that they supply what I’d paid for. After more wrangling I got it. It took over 45 minutes, by which time the band had started, lighting turned down, making it difficult to see what we were eating. As a result of all the comings and going, it ruined the food experience. I will add that, for the price, it was reasonably priced, and tasted pretty good. Just a shame it was spoiled by staff who couldn’t or wouldn’t believe what I was showing them, to get the order correct. Will return, as it’s a great place, with a very good atmosphere. Will be eating elsewhere though. If you decide to eat there and have more than one dish, might be an idea for each member of your party to have their own ticket, separately in your phone.
Written September 30, 2023
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Yossi C
London, UK28 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a review for cafe in the courtyard in St Martin’s church. I went with my family 2 adults and 3 children to listen to some live music on the last Monday bank holiday in August. We had lunch here as we read the cafe is award winning. However, while the staff were friendly the food was utterly rubbish! Some of the worst food we’ve had anywhere. For example a bread roll with grated cheese and piccalilli cost £5.50! A tomato salad was simply chopped tomatoes and a ton of red onions & instead of the basil it promised we had some cake crumbs thrown in randomly! Then we went to the loos and nearly threw up the £50 something lunch we had. The facilities were absolutely disgusting and Left me feeling angry that they expect human beings to use such facilities. A shame as the live music was great but that’s about it!
Written August 30, 2021
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Julia Vitullo-Martin
New York City, NY192 contributions
Jun 2020
St Martin's is a gorgeous neoclassical church designed by James Gibbs 1722-26 and located in the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square that I've long loved as a respite from London throngs. In the summer you can sit in the courtyard, have something to eat, and listen to spectacularly good concerts. In the winter you can enter the serene church, sit and pray, or listen to the ongoing classical rehearsals, always of a high quality. I love the church so much that I always look for a hotel in the neighborhood.
Written May 5, 2021
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Joanne V
Epping, UK56 contributions
Jul 2021
A beautiful place to visit. The church is stunning and the crypt underneath has a good cafe and sweet gift shop. This is the perfect place to go and take in a Baroque concert on a Saturday evening. I went to hear the Trafalgar Sinfonia play the 4 Seasons, and other famous pieces by Vivaldi and Bach. It was an absolute joy - the soloist was amazing and the orchestra were the best I have heard. After the pain of lockdown, it was a very special moment.
Written August 23, 2021
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S4136XSdavidb
Texas472 contributions
Feb 2020
The beautiful church has a nice cafeteria-style restaurant in the Crypt (basement ). I believe was an actual plague pit spot hundreds of years ago, but the bones have been removed. High vaulted ceiling, Food was hot, fresh, staff helpful. Ran out of local beer, though, so had to drink an Italian brew. Prices quite reasonable for London, church uses cafe to pay for homeless outreach. Good food for a good cause. Wish we could have heard a concert, the acoustics are incredible.
Written February 19, 2020
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,132 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Visited St Martin in the Fields after lunch in the Crypt. Every Thursday there is a free concert of sacred music beginning at 1pm which lasts for about half an hour. The choir was amazing, made all themore wonderful by the beautiful surroundings. Well worth a visit.
Written May 12, 2023
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Tori W
American Fork, UT5 contributions
Jun 2022
We were able to attend an orchestra concert called Mozart and Moonlight. The sound quality in the church was great, and the church setting itself was very nice. I just wished I was allowed to take a picture or video clip of the concert to remember it better. But I just mean that as a compliment that I really enjoyed the experience. Also, I liked the outreach approach I saw on cards in the church inviting people to meet to share what ways they have found meaning in life without any particular religious background or language required. I thought that was a welcoming and appealing approach.
Written June 15, 2022
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ianwyj
Singapore5,201 contributions
Dec 2022
We visited the church as we knew it more as a venue for lunchtime and evening classical musical concerts. Very elegant interior, and an intimate atmosphere in a building dating back to the 1700s. Located just off Trafalgar Square, and it made a convenient shelter during a lunctime shower in London. Also visited the crypt - now converted to a rather atmospheric cafe with the entrance outside and just next to the church.
Written April 1, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
Sep 2022
Located next to Trafalgar Square, this is one of the most historic churches in London dating back to the early 1700s. Besides being a beautiful structure, the church has a beautiful history of being a longtime supporter to the city's poor and homeless. It is also well known for its afternoon and evening classical music concerts and for its jazz concerts that take place in the crypt on select evenings.
Written February 10, 2023
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