St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

St Martin-in-the-Fields
4.5
Concerts • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 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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1-2 hours
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The area
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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PhilthetravellerXI
Avoca Beach, Australia850 contributions
Oct 2019
A visit to this wonderful historic area is well worth it when in London. The site is the area where the original Parish and church was established in 1544 but in fact history shows the site was a church and burial ground as far back as 1222 AD. Nowadays it is a very nice chapel still used for religious ceremonies and major events, often with Royalty, as well as running a major social welfare support program in London. The church became famous in musical circles back in the 1940-60s with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields led amongst other by Neville Marriner with their chamber and baroque music and BBC recordings. There is a delightful historic crypt together with a café, well worth a visit in itself, below the main church. A souvenir shop also sells some CD and DVDs. Allow around 454 minutes for a quick visit. We were fortunate enough to have booked seats for a chamber music concert that evening – and it was wonderful being sited in the main body of the church. It was indeed fully packed and we did book on-line some months previously and had very good seats to the front. Seating is on the church wooden pews and may be uncomfortable so it is worth hiring the cushions for the event for a modest additional sum – far more comfortable for a 90-120 minute recital. A great visit to a famous London landmark made all the more memorable by an unforgettable Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach concert.
Written December 31, 2019
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jvm
New York City, NY120 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, UK50 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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Yossi C
London, UK21 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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Sddponce
66 contributions
Jul 2019
Ended up visiting here a couple times during our trip to London. The church is beautiful and we were able to catch the end of a visiting children's choir performance. The acoustics are wonderful! There is a great cafe in the Crypt of the church. We used the cafe a couple times for a quick bite since it was located to many of the places were visited.
Written January 7, 2020
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Kate S
3 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
A group of friends from different parts of England love to meet up here as its so central and accessible. Things have changed noticibly. I had the soup which was tasty. I did however want the spinach pie which was not available at 12.30.
Some thought could be put into the layout of the food counter. Eg have the hot drinks separate, and the cakes near the hot drink section. It's a pity there are no longer desserts, only cakes. The staff are friendly and work hard, however the cafe is understaffed. We had a good time though.
Written November 6, 2021
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S4136XSdavidb
Texas376 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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SPBCambs
Cambridge, UK4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Great evening that included Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor ‘Moonlight’. The pianist, Adam Johnson was excellent and the venue just right and atmospheric. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Written March 1, 2020
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Mrhurdygurdy
28 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
I have been here once or twice a year for decade or more but will never return. The prices are much higher the food saugage and mash was bad. The sausages were poor quality and the mash cold I asked for the mash to be reheated but say the assistant replace it with potatoes from the same cold tray, asked why he thought the same mash would be warmer he just shrugged. The humous sandwich was a cold roll from a too cool fridge..... Basically not what it used to be. The final let down was the wonderful apple crumble pudding with custard is no longer served just cakes. Very sad as it was always a special place that served good food St a fare price and now it is neither.
Written November 1, 2021
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JosephineWard17
Chelmsford, UK97 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well this little beauty is more popular than you could imagine. Went in to light a candle for our parents and say a little prayer, cute inside then went down to the gift shop to get a postcard ( I’m odd like that) and low and behold it’s massive downstairs In the crypt. Bustling cafe full up and so much more to see. Glad we stumbled upon it.
Written February 9, 2020
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  • Tue - Tue 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 12:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Thu - Mon 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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