"St Martin in the Feilds" St. Martin-in-the-Fields Tip by stevemt
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London: 42 reviews and 81 photos
This was the first place I went to in London when I first visited.
2 reasons, The free concerts that are played there and also this was the church my parents got married in during the war.
Its a beautiful church, I can see why my mother put her work address (she worked just round the corner,) down as her residential address so she could be married here.
The accoustics are of course fabulous. This is the home of the world famous Acadamy of St Martins in the Fields orchestra, and where they record.
Under the church in the crypt is a very busy brass rubbing centre and bookshopand cafe where they have jazz concerts.
The earliest reference to the church is from 1222, with a dispute between the Abbot of Westminster and the Bishop of London as to who had control over it. It was decided in favour of Westminster, and used by the monks of Westminster Abbey.
The church was rebuilt by Henry VIII in 1542 to avoid plague victims from the area having to pass through his Palace of Whitehall. At this time, it was literally "in the fields" in an isolated position between the cities of Westminster and London.
A number of notables were buried in this phase of the church, including Robert Boyle and Nell Gwynne.
Address: In the centre of London
Directions: Get off at Trafalger Square Tube, you cant miss it then.
Phone: +44 20 7766 1100
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