St. Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square has been featuring a popular Lunchtime Concert Series for over 60 years
St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a beautiful old Anglican Church located at the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square. The present building was completed in 1726 and features a classical style with Corintian columns and a high steeple.
We have included this church in our 'Theatres and Venues' section because it features a popular Lunchtime Concert Series performed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1pm., a concept similar to that at St.James's Piccadilly St. This enjoyable series has a history going back to the beginning of World War II during which a series of Lunchtime Concerts were held at the neighbouring National Gallery. The St. Martin's Church took over the concert series at the end of the war. The concerts promote emerging new talent and provide musicians a professional venue where they can to perform for an appreciative large audience.
While these concerts are technically free a small donation of £3.50 is suggested and helps with the work of the church. In addition to the Lunchtime Concerts the church also features Jazz Nights.
It is also worth noting the St. Martin-in-the-Fields has a cafeteria located downstairs in the 18th century crypt. This hidden spot serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. The food and service are rather uninspiring, however the prices are very cheap for this area. The menu changes daily to reflect local ingredients.
For more information about the St. Martin-in-the-Fields as well as the Concert Series and schedules visit their official website: St. Martin-in-the-Fields Lunchtime Concerts