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St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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One of London's best-loved and most welcoming of churches is more than just a place of worship. Named after the saint who helped beggars, St Martin's has long been a welcome sight for the homeless, who have been given soup and shelter at the church since 1914. The church is also a haven for music lovers; the internationally known Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields was founded here, and a popular program of concerts continues today. (Although the interior is a wonderful setting for a recital, beware the hard wooden benches!) The crypt is a hive of activity, with a popular café and shop, plus the London Brass-Rubbing Centre, where you can make your own life-size souvenir knight, lady, or monarch from replica tomb brasses, with metallic waxes, paper, and instructions from about £5.

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  • Address: Trafalgar Sq., Westminster, London, WC2N 4CC | Map It
  • Phone: 020/7766–1100
  • Cost: Free; concerts £7–£30
  • Hours: Open all day for worship; sightseeing: Mon., Tue., and Fri. 8:30–1 and 2–6; Wed. 8:30–1:15 and 2–5; Thurs. 8:30–1:15 and 2–6; Sat. 9:30–6; Sun. 3:30–5
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  • Subway: Charing Cross, Leicester Sq
  • Location: Westminster, St. James, and Royal London
Updated: 02-27-2014

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    Leaves something to be desired

    The chapel upstairs is pretty non-descript, the crypt a bit more interesting. Cafe food is cheap but unremarkable. Not really a big must-see, though there's worse.

    by bachslunch, 4/6/08

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