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St. John's Smith Square

Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, England
+44 20 7222 1061
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Only part church...venue, aesthetic delight. As well as coffee house and meeting place...

In a modern London, churches are challenged to become more than a sum of their parts due to massive... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Gail S
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London, United Kingdom
A great variety of architectural style

I can thoroughly recommend a short detour from Parliament Square to this stunning and hidden... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sheepygold
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Classical music concerts are presented at St John's church.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good22%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, England
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"thoroughly enjoyable evening"
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"westminster tube station"
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"old church"
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"crypt"
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"choir"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

In a modern London, churches are challenged to become more than a sum of their parts due to massive restoration costs and escalating need. In Dicken's day and earlier, churches would be drop in centres for the poor and needy as well as places for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I can thoroughly recommend a short detour from Parliament Square to this stunning and hidden square. The architecture is varied and beautiful, not just of the church at the centre (now a concert venue) but of the surrounding houses. The garden around the church is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just saw Beethoven's 5th symphony at St. John's Smith Square church. The church had a direct hit during the war and was rebuilt, but somehow, it still has kept its charm. The acoustics is very good for such a space. The church has a nice...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

The former church of St John's Smith Square has had a chequered history.  Completed in 1728, it was one of 50 new churches proposed in London, took fifteen years to build and cost an astonishing sum at the time of £40,875.   In 1742, it was...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

We were attending a concert and came here for a pre Christmas meal, having been before & enjoyed the food. Disaster!! Expensive food, very dry, barely cooked pastry on pie, mean with vegetables - we did complain & they agreed. They gave us 10% off...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

Went to the Ex Cathedra Christmas concert here and it was absolutely stunning. Sumptuous architecture, magnificent surroundings, and unbelievable acoustics made for a fabulous evening. This was the first concert I'd been to at the this venue and it certainly won't be the last. Outstanding.

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

This was a "right-bank" concert of the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. There are no acoustics here, you might as well be outdoors in a field. The ceiling is immensely high, there is no barrier behind the orchestra, and the width of the...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Great venue for Beethoven's music and an encore of Bach The acoustics were good even at the back in row T Nice to know that something special has been remade out of the bombed former church Great pub 50 meters down the road

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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

St. Johns Smith Square is close to Victoria Tower Gardens and to the banks of The River Thames and not far from The Houses of Parliament. Here is located a concert area that hosts classical music on certain days of the week. There are places...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2017

I was invited to perform here with The Hong Kong Learner's Choir. I sang a segment of my Chinese Opera vignette and the house was packed! This church is very beautiful and it has wonderful acoustics, so you are able to hear in any seat....More

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