St James' Piccadilly Church (and free concerts)

Most likely, you have driven past this church a number of times without recognising it.

Photo: © Copyright N Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

It is notable for several reasons, including the fact that Christopher Wren, the designer of St. Paul’s Cathedral, built it among many other churches.

The cathedral is renowned for its free lunchtime concerts as well as its ticketed evening concerts, which have featured acts like REM.

The church, constructed of Portland stone, was dedicated in 1684 but suffered significant damage as a result of Second World War bombing.

The church is still used for services and other events. It has a fairly progressive philosophy, and the courtyard outside frequently hosts art exhibitions and protest shows (against, for example, the bombing of Gaza). From Monday through Saturday, the Piccadilly Market is also located there.

There is a free concert every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 13:10. You can view the calendar here.

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