St. Martin-in-the-Fields Tours
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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.
Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
5 Tours and Activities to Experience St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Private Sightseeing Tours
Have you ever stopped to think about a simple question and found the answer to be much more complex than you ever could have imagined? And that that answer leads to yet more questions? This was precisely Rachel Erickson's situation when she moved to London. She was a drama student, a tourist, and a person who needed to do what we all must and use a toilet. But the toilet door was barred by a 30p entry charge. Avoiding this, she began to learn the workarounds and secret free toilets in London. One day she started to wonder about the politics of paying to pee. Where does the money go? Why is it free in some places and not others? Should it be a human right? New avenues opened up and she found herself plunged into a whole new world. She became the Loo Lady and toilets became her life. Today she's going to take you on a journey into the surprisingly dynamic world of the British Public Toilet. This tour takes you past some of London's most iconic views with a new twist.
Take the lead in a tour of London's historical cultural influences through time with the helping hand of me, blogger Shaun Nolan! "Light the Lights" takes you on a self-guided audio tour from the Embankment, up Charing Cross Road, into Covent Garden, along the Strand and back to Leicester Square. As you walk, I'll tell you everything you need to know about the history of the beautiful buildings you see and the amazing people who have walked the same pavements as you. London has forever been shaped by the culture that has influenced it. Famous creatives like Charles Dickens and Henry Irving have spent a lot of their lives in the city, being influenced by the environment and atmosphere. And it's not just a writer's playground - modern designers, intelligent innovators and important names have also helped to shape the city.
Private Sightseeing Tours
A street photography self-guided audio tutorial tour of the unexplored back streets of Covent Garden by a professional photography guide. Listen to time-honored photography tips and commentary while being guided about the old, grand and not-so-grand architecture, famous highlights, tiny details and fascinating crowds of people that is Bloomsbury. Explore London at your own pace while absorbing the stories of the streets and learning how to take better photos. Please note that you must bring your own equipment. Recommended equipment: Wide angle lens Lens within the ranges of 18 - 105mm A tripod is NOT required, but advised for long exposures if doing the route towards the early evening
Our London short term package programs involving science, art, culture, sports, fashion, trade, finance and fun, include 15-hours of active English Training in our language school which received the award for the best language school in London in 2015, and through which we host our students with English host families. In the programs, our students are accompanied for 24 hours, we include a different West End Musical every year; we integrate our students with socio-cultural life of the city. Our program includes visits to the most important attractions of London such as Petticoat Lane, Holborn, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, St. James's Park, Downing Street No:10, Trafalgar Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, St.Serpentine Lake, Knightsbridge, Harrods, Thames River, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, London Dungeon and many many more.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Enjoy the Christmas Lights of London this evening as you see all the main London sights beautifully illuminated at night. Sit back and enjoy London whilst your guide provides an interesting, informative commentary, bringing alive the history and traditions of this great city. You will see many famous sights such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and many more. Dinner at Brown’s restaurant in Victoria. Be ready to celebrate with Christmas cheer! Enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner with a celebratory glass of Prosecco (juice options for children) in the relaxed surroundings of The Brasserie. Midnight Mass at St Martins Fields. Christmas Eve in the capital would not be complete without a stop at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square to experience this special Midnight Mass. We will drop you off within walking distance of your Central London hotel after the services.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience St. Martin-in-the-Fields?
The best ways to experience St. Martin-in-the-Fields are:
- A Lavatorial Audio Walk: Explore the UK's dynamic world of Public Toilets
- London Lights: Discover how culture has shaped the city on an audio tour
- Covent Garden: Get a street photography tutorial with a pro on this audio tour
- English Culture, Science, Sports, One Week English Language Course in London
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