St Martin-in-the-Fields

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St Martin-in-the-Fields

There has been a church 'in the fields' between Westminster and the City since the thirteenth century, but the current church was built in 1726 by James Gibbs, using a fusion of neoclassical and baroque styles. The parish church for Buckingham Palace (note the royal box to the left of the gallery), St Martin-in-the-Fields benefited from a £36 million, Lottery-funded refurbishment, completed in 2008. The bright interior has been fully restored, with Victorian furbelows removed and the addition of a controversial altar window that shows the Cross, stylised as if rippling on water. The crypt, its fine café and the London Brass Rubbing Centre have all been modernised. As befits the church's location in the heart of tourist London, the evening concert programme is packed with crowd-pleasers: expect lashings of Mozart and Vivaldi by candlelight. The thrice-weekly lunchtime recitals (Mon, Tue, Fri) offer less predictable fare.

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St Martin-in-the-Fields says
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a landmark church and cultural venue in the heart of London. We offer an extensive programme of activities including classical concerts, exhibitions, the Café in the Crypt and Courtyard, the shop, an autumn lecture series, free lunchtime concerts and weekly jazz nights
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Venue name: St Martin-in-the-Fields
Address: Trafalgar Square
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 8am-8pm; Wed 8am-6pm; Thu-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
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Although I have worked around the corner from this church for years I have only just discovered their lunchtime concerts, an absolute treat for the mind and soul. On Monday, Tuesdays and Fridays the church hosts free (donations very welcome) lunchtime concerts where some of the countries best classical musicians perform. The concerts start at 1pm and last roughly an hour. This Friday we were treated to a trio consisting of two outstanding flutists and a pianist. I felt like my brain had had a massage and I had a very relaxed and productive afternoon at work. I am going to make these concerts a regular feature of my working day. As an added bonus the interior of the church is stunning. 

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I went to this church for a Vivaldi in candlelight by London Concertante. It's a perfect place for such an event; the acoustics of this church is great, and the crypt cafe has decent wine to enjoy over the break. The whole place has a slightly gloomy, mysterious ambience (hey I've never drank wine in a crypt before - have you?) and friendly staff.

London Concertante is doing quite a few of these candlelight concerts in St Martin-in-the-Fields and if you're at least a little bit into classical music, you should definitely give it a go. They are passionate about their music, they even added more pieces to the concert than originally planned, and introducing players and Vivialdi's music in a funny, witty way.

It is really a best church i have been to with so many amenities and interesting events been held at a regular basis. i really give it a full rating in order to support its functions and realistic approach behind that.