St James’s Piccadilly

sights / Religious

St James’s Piccadilly information

London , United Kingdom
Address
Street 197 Piccadilly
Extras W1
Getting there
tube Piccadilly Circus
More information
www.st-james-piccadilly.org
Opening hours
8am-8pm
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Lonely Planet review

The only church Christopher Wren (1684) built from scratch and on a new site (most of the other London churches are replacements for ones razed in the Great Fire), this simple building is exceedingly easy on the eye and substitutes what some might call the pompous flourishes of Wren’s most famous churches with a warm and elegant user-friendliness.

This is a particularly sociable church; it houses a counselling service, stages lunchtime and evening concerts, provides shelter for an antiques market (10.30am to 5pm Tuesday) and an arts and crafts fair (10am to 6pm Wednesday to Saturday). The baptismal font portraying Adam and Eve on the shaft and the altar reredos are by Grinling Gibbons.