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St Martin-in-the-Fields London
London WC2N 4JJ
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Standing at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields church is seen by nearly every tourist, but not so often visited, which is a pity because it has so much to offer.
 
As well as the beautifully restored interior, there is an award winning café in the crypt, the London Brass Rubbing Centre and the famous chamber music and jazz concerts held during lunchtimes and evenings.
 
The Bishop Ho Ming Wah Association and Community Centre provides vital services for the Chinatown community in London.
 
Archaeological Finds
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The recent remodelling has uncovered some very exciting archaeological finds which are now on display in the Museum of London. The finds included burials and exquisite grave goods dated to the missing 200 years of London’s history (410-600AD) – from the end of the Roman Londinium to the establishment of the Saxon Lundenwic.
 
These have been extremely important finds and prove that the St Martin’s site has been of sacred and/or significant importance although possibly not Christian, for 1,600 years. The Roman sarcophagus and skeleton dates from the same time as St Martin himself.
 
Church Role in Social Issues
The church plays an important role in social, humanitarian and international issues. It welcomes people of all faiths and figured prominently in the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Nowadays it responds to current social issues.
 
For instance, ‘The Connection’ cares for 7,500 homeless individuals each year and has been involved in the foundation of many charitable organisations such as Amnesty International, Shelter and The Big Issue. It also has responded to the increasing Chinese population in London by providing services in the Chinese language.
 
Recent Restoration
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The current church, completed in 1726, was designed by James Gibbs and copies of his design can be seen all over the world. As part of St Martin’s Renewal, this beautiful Baroque church has been cleaned and repaired outside and inside the decorated plasterwork ceiling has been cleaned and regilded. The pulpit has been relocated to give better sightlines, the pews and panelling have been restored and new windows installed to flood the church with natural light. The main entrance is still through the portico and Corinthian column frontage on Trafalgar Square but there is now a ramp and lift for disabled access to the interior and the crypt on the north side.
 
Services
Over twenty services a week are held and visitors are more than welcome to attend. See the church's website for times. Web:  St Martin-in-the-Fields Services
 
Plan Your Visit
 
Opening Times
The church is generally open throughout the day, but is closed to sightseers when there is a service or concert in progress.
Saturday:              All day 09:30 – 18:0 hours.
Sunday:                From 15:30 – 17:00 hours.
Monday – Friday:   Opens at 09:30 but closes at lunchtime and re-opens at 14:00 hours.
For details go to the church’s website “Visiting” page. 
 
Admission Costs
Admission is free but donations are always welcome.
 
Disabled Access
There is a lift to access the crypt as well as ramp access to the church on the north side. For further information, go to the following church website  Web:  St Martin-in-the-Fields Access
 
Facilities
There are toilets in the church.
 
Visiting the Church
Visitors are welcome. Free guided tours are usually run on Thursdays at 11:30, and last for approximately one hour and 15 minutes. These are well worth going on if they coincide with your visit to London. You will not only tour the church and the crypt, but behind-the-scenes into the vaults and the Royal Box where the Hanoverian kings worshipped - King George was a Churchwarden.
 
Cafe and Shop
Opening hours are the same as the Brass Rubbing Centre (below). The Café is licensed and provides both hot and cold food.
Tel:    +44 (0)2077 661 158 Cafe
Tel:    +44 (0)2077 661 122 Shop
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London Brass Rubbing Centre
- In the Crypt (There is a lift to access the crypt.)
A personally created brass rubbing is a great souvenir to take home. There is a good selection of replica brasses with tuition and materials included in the cost. Costs start at around £4.50.
 
For Brass Rubbing opening Hours, costs and other information: Web:  St Martin-in-the-Fields Brass Rubbing
 
Music at St Martin’s
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The church is famous for its musical connections – both Handel and Mozart played the church’s organ, and the former Director of Music, Sir Neville Marriner, created the famous Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields playing Baroque music on period instruments.
 
The tradition continues with more than 350 concerts a year by some of the finest chamber orchestras and choirs in the world. The evening concerts are particularly beautiful - superb acoustics; intimate in candlelit surroundings. Visit the church website for a calendar of events.
 
- Box Office
Tel:    +44 (0)2077 661 100 and then select option for Box Office
Web:  Box Office
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)2077 661 100
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Getting There
To find the best way for getting to St Martin-in-the-Fields, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Charing Cross Station       Northern and Bakerloo Lines
Leicester Square Station   Northern and Piccadilly Lines
Follow the signs to Trafalgar Square & National Gallery - the Church is on the East side of the Square
 
- Mainline Rail
Charing Cross Station
 
- By Bus
Routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176
We suggest that you use the Transport for London 'Journey Planner'.
 
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