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Update April 2014: information on opening hours and charges added, web links checked, new photos added

St Martin in the Fields Church is a striking building in the north east corner of Trafalgar Square. There is known to have been a church on this site since Norman times, possibly earlier, but the present building dates from 1726 and was designed by James Gibbs. John Nash?s design for the Square ensured that the church had a prominent place, and it continues to enhance the cityscape of this part of London today (although long-running refurbishment means that you may find some parts under scaffolding at present).

The church prides itself on its innovative approach and its practical contributions to the lives of Londoners. It was home to London's first free lending library, and to the first religious broadcast. Today it plays a key role in supporting the city?s many homeless people (see The Connection for more on this work). There is also a very active concert programme ? lunchtime concerts are free (though donations are requested) and evening concerts, often by candlelight, reasonably priced. Concert-goers can also purchase a £9 meal voucher entitling them to choose a main, dessert and glass of house wine in the church?s Café in the Crypt. The latter is an atmospheric place to dine, with candles lighting the pillars and an old stone-flagged floor - I loved it on the one occasion I went there, although I remember the architecture and lighting more than the meal.

The church is open most of the time but discourages visits during concerts and services, so check the website to be sure before visiting. The normal hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6.00pm.
Wednesday: 8.30am - 1.15pm and 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 6.00pm
Sunday: 3.30pm - 5.00pm
There is no charge made but it would be nice to make a donation, and if you want you can hire audio guides (in English and Spanish).

Address: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ
Directions: Nearest tube stations are Charing Cross or Leicester Square ? follow signs to the National Gallery
Phone: 020 7766 1100
Website: http://www2.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/page/home/home.html

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  • Updated Apr 22, 2014
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