The Crypt

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The Crypt

Between 1822 and 1854, the crypt beneath St Pancras Church was used to bury departed Londoners, but since 2002 its atmospheric underground arches and alcoves have hosted an ongoing programme of curated contemporary art exhibitions and events, from large-scale sound installations to a group show on the nature of drawing and even an alternative Christmas grotto. If you get the feeling that you’re not alone down there, you’re right – the space still houses the interred remains of its 557 original occupants.

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The Crypt, St. Peter's Church in De Beauvoir, Hackney – a newly renovated creative space whose activities aim to encourage expression and creativity through the arts.
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Venue name: The Crypt
Address: St Pancras Church
The Crypt
Euston Rd
N1 4DA
Opening hours: 12noon-6pm daily
Transport: Tube: Euston
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Julie R

This is one of those places that you'll feel really pleased with yourself for 'discovering' it as if you've found something that no one else knows about.  I just happened to be walking from King's Cross to the British Museum and I walked past this place and saw a sign for an art exhibition in the crypt.  All you can see from outside the doorway are some stairs leading downstairs, so I stood hesitantly outside with my overactive imagination kicking in, scared to enter in case the door slammed shut of its own accord right behind me as I entered.  I bravely decided to take the risk and ventured down the steps.  Fortunately, the door stayed open and the lights stayed on, or I would not be here to tell this tale.

The exhibition itself was quite small, with tapestries displayed on the wall.  Being in the crypt gave me the feeling that I would go down one corridor and either find myself transported back in time, or lost in a labyrinth.  However, instead, I just found more tapestries and a few gravestones.

There are beautifully carved statues above the crypt.  It is a small place, so suitable for a quick stop as part of a day out, but it is good to go somewhere unusual rather than just the usual tourist spots.