St Martin in the fields

Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JH
St Martin in the fields image

Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JH

020 7766 1100


Trafalgar Square

Nearest Station
Charing Cross (0.14 miles)


The first church on this site stood here in the thirteenth century, quite literally 'in the fields' between London and Westminster. The present incarnation of the church was built one hundred years before Trafalgar Square, where it now stands, and was designed by James Gibbs.

The design of the church was revolutionary and became the template for colonial churches right across America. The dominating steeple and columned face of the building were unique design features. The interior is galleried, like many Georgian churches, and it has two tiers of windows. The ceiling consists of gilded and painted plaster panels.

St. Martins is the official church of Buckingham Palace and St. James' Palace.
Thomas Chippendale, Joshua Reynolds and William Hogarth were all buried at St. Martins. During the First World War it became a shelter for homeless soldiers, and during the Second World War the vaults were used as an air raid shelter.

St. Martins is still at the forefront of charity and provides meals for London’s homeless. It now also has an acclaimed choir and often holds concerts with visiting musicians and orchestras. Admission is free and in the crypt visitors will find a café, gift shop and the London Brass Rubbing Centre.

St Martin in the fields Picture Gallery

St Martin in the fields Picture

Things to Try

Enjoy a free gig in a church picture

Enjoy a free gig in a church

A great platform for up-and-coming artists
Read more

User Reviews

There are no user reviews
Have your say

Add a review or useful tip for this place

Add a review Add a useful tip

The Nearest Alternatives

Trafalgar Square

, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ

0.14 miles from here

Leicester Square

Leicester Square, Chinatown, WC2H 0AP

0.15 miles from here

St Paul's, Covent Garden

Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED

0.16 miles from here

Sign up for the latest
Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from London!
By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive email updates and newsletters from All In London. You can unsubscribe at any time.