St. Martin-in-the-Fields has been a feature on a London map for almost 800 years. The current neoclassical structure was designed by architect James Gibbs in 1721 and boasts Grade-I heritage status. The Anglican church is noted for its charitable work, which is funded in part by its popular crypt café, live concerts, and special exhibitions.
Once located on London’s rural outskirts, the church is now a central landmark in the ever-growing city, making it an ideal stop on a walking tour. Admire the building’s classic Georgian facade as you stroll between attractions, taking advantage of Super Saver deals to combine your visit with other city highlights. Alternatively, attend one of the church’s concerts or services for an immersive experience, or embark on a free self-guided tour for more-intimate insight.
Things to Know Before You Go
- St. Martin-in-the-Fields is popular with worshippers from all over the world.
- Interactive exhibits, such as brass-rubbing classes, are ideal for keeping kids entertained.
- Most of the church is accessible for visitors with disabilities, though it’s worth calling ahead to check specific arrangements.
How to Get There
Located on Trafalgar Square’s northeast corner, St. Martin-in-the-Fields is easily accessible from Charing Cross and Leicester Square stations. Several buses serve Trafalgar Square, with stops on Duncannon Street and Charing Cross Road just seconds away from the church.
When to Get There
St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an active place of worship and hosts regular services every day except Friday, including Sunday sermons in Mandarin and Cantonese. Visitors are welcome to attend services, but if you’d rather skip the crowds, it’s best to avoid these times.
Visitors from the US may be familiar with some of the church’s features, as James Gibbs’ 18th-century design was highly influential in the construction of many Anglican buildings throughout the former British colonies. In turn, Gibbs himself was profoundly influenced by the work of his predecessor, Sir Christopher Wren. Take a stroll to nearby St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, for a closer look at Gibbs’ architectural inspiration.