London Sights

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

  • Trafalgar Sq. Map It
  • Westminster
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Fodor's Review

One of London's best-loved and most welcoming of churches is more than just a place of worship. Named after St. Martin of Tours, known for the help he gave to beggars, this parish 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. Here you can also make your own life-size souvenir knight, lady, or monarch from replica tomb brasses, with metallic waxes, paper, and instructions (about £5).

Sight Information

Address:

Trafalgar Sq., London, WC2N 4CC, England

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Phone:

020-7766–1100

Website: www.smitf.org

Sight Details:

  • Free; concerts £7–£30
  • Open all day for worship; sightseeing: Mon., Tues., and Fri. 8:30–1 and 2–6; Wed. 8:30–1:15 and 2–5; Thurs. 8:30–1 and 2–6; Sat. 9:30–6; Sun. 3:30–5

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