St James’s Piccadilly
Royal Academy of Arts
Britain’s oldest society devoted to fine arts was founded in 1768, moving to Burlington House exactly a century later. The collection...
Anteros (Eros) Statue
Flanking Burlington House, home to the Royal Academy of Arts, is this delightful arcade, built in 1819. Today it is a shopping precinct...
The views of Westminster from the top floor of Waterstone’s on Piccadilly are just the start. Add a relaxed, sophisticated dining room...
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St James’s Piccadilly information
The only church Christopher Wren (1684) built from scratch and one of a few established on a new site (most of the other London churches are replacements for those razed in the Great Fire), this simple building substitutes what some might call the pompous flourishes of Wren’s most famous churches with a warm and elegant accessibility. The baptismal font portraying Adam and Eve on the shaft and the altar reredos are by Grinling Gibbons.
This is a particularly sociable church; it houses a counselling service, provides a night shelter for the homeless in the winter months (note the laminex signs saying 'Please do not sleep in this pew'), stages lunchtime and evening concerts, and provides shelter for an antiques market (10.30am to 5pm Tuesday) and an arts and crafts fair (10am to 6pm Wednesday to Saturday) out front. Note the arresting bronze statue Statue of Peace , in the garden.