St Alfege Church

Church in Greenwich & South London

Designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor to replace a 13th-century church and consecrated in 1718, lovely St Alfege features a restored mural by James Thornhill (whose work can also be found in the nearby Painted Hall and at St Paul’s Cathedral), a largely wood-panelled interior, and the intriguing Tallis Keyboard, a Tudor organ console with middle keyboard octaves. It is believed that Henry VIII was baptised at the church. Free concerts take place at 1.05pm on Thursdays and most Saturdays.

Many other key figures from Greenwich’s royal, maritime and scientific history, including Thomas Tallis, General James Wolfe and the first Royal Astronomer John Flamsteed, have a connection with the church. There are occasional guided tours of the crypt (advertised on the church's website).