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St. James's Church

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Address: 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL, England
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+44 20 7734 4511

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A beautful garden to sit a while.

This is a historic church built by Sir Christopher Wren. It is rather dark inside with some great carving and an impressive organ. The garden is the best bit though - a great... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a historic church built by Sir Christopher Wren. It is rather dark inside with some great carving and an impressive organ. The garden is the best bit though - a great place to sit and have your lunch. There is a rather tourist focussed market at the front.

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King's Lynn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a light and airy church, designed by Sir Christopher Wren which provides a peaceful refuge from the bustle of Piccadilly. There is a magnificent organ and an unbelievably intricate carving by Grinling Gibbons behind the altar. The pews are used by some of the local homeless and looking at the notice board, it seems that this is only... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Historic little church with main entrance in Jermyn Street.Plain interior with only decoration being the fine stained glass windows and the Corinthian columns as appropriate to its denomination. Packed with Easter celebrations.

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Great little church tucked away at the back of Piccadilly. Surprisingly ornate and dating from around 1680 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren. A great find in such a location. Clearly the church allows the homeless to rest up and keep warm inside during the day but they do not bother visitors. If you shopping in the area its well... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This lovely, open and welcoming church on the South side of Piccadilly was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is still an important place of worship for locals and London workers, but is also a caring place for the disadvantaged. Inside, expect to see a number of London's homeless sleeping on the pews in part of the church. But do... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

I come to the free lunch time concerts organised at St James’s Piccadilly Church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as soon as an opportunity arises. I have had the privilege to hear amazing, young, talented musicians from all corners of the world. We are so extremely lucky to have this Church in this stressful and busy part of London. It... More 

1 Thank Anna T
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Wonderful church. Staff a bit uneven on their welcome. Fantastic monthly taize is well worth attending. Check their detailed noticeboard out front. Great concerts.

1 Thank G M
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

I have been coming here for many years. The church is very historic and is unlike many others inside in that it is like and airy and not richly decorated other than having some rather nice wood carving. It has an upstairs gallery but I don't think this is open. There is an entrance on Jermyn Street as well as... More 

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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Great variety of stalls there. Had a fantastic chorizo sandwich for lunch, beautifully presented and tasted amazing!

1 Thank Sandy M
Herzliya, Israel
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

A small old church on Piccadilly. Hosts a small market in the front and free concerts in the church hall . Also a small caffe . Homeless poor people aloud to sleep on its benches

Thank Gidons51

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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