Trafalgar Square, Greater London

St Martin in the Fields

In 1542 Henry VIII rebuilt the church already on this site to keep plague victims from being carried through his palace grounds. At the time, this was an isolated spot 'in the fields'.

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  • Architecture

  • Stained glass

  • Monuments

  • Interior features

  • Social heritage

  • Links to national heritage


  • Accessible by public transport

  • Mostly accessible to all

  • Parking at church or nearby

  • Toilets at church or nearby

  • Refreshments at church or nearby

It was replaced in 1726 by this lovely temple, designed by James Gibbs, which boasts an imposing Classical pediment supported by huge Corinthian columns, and a tall steeple topped with a gilt crown, a design that looks, according to one critic, 'as though Wren had been to Italy'.

Gibbs was certainly inspired by Christopher Wren, as the interior, with its ceiling of painted and gilded plaster panels, shows.

Ingenious renovations in 2007'09 have introduced more light, renewed the pews and stone flooring, and exposed the crypt's brickwork.

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Beautifully restored church, with an amazing modern stained glass East Window. Designed by Joseph Gibbs, the church has a wonderful history but is also welcoming of modern art and music. Lunchtime visitors are often treated to musicians practicing for an evening performance. There are numerous concerts ranging from classical to jazz, and it is probably the best place for Christmas Carols in London. St Martins in the Field is must see for those visiting Trafalgar Square and the nearby galleries.

A stunning and iconic Georgian church that is one of the architectural gems of Westminster. It is also a place of peace and tranquility in the centre of London.

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