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St. John's Smith Square

Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, England
+44 20 7222 1061
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This is a beautifully restored church in the heart of Westminster, now used as a concert venue... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ges R
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Bourne, United Kingdom
Beautiful concert of Handels Messiah, good acoustics.

I went to a wonderful concert last night of the Messiah. I think is one of the best venues in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Louise V
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London, United Kingdom
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Classical music concerts are presented at St John's church.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, England
Westminster
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautifully restored church in the heart of Westminster, now used as a concert venue, largely for choral music. The acoustic is wonderful and the seating comfortable

Thank Ges R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to a wonderful concert last night of the Messiah. I think is one of the best venues in London for classical music, offering also a restaurant downstairs. It is a similar concept to St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar square, with a...More

Thank Louise V
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I attended a concert there this evening. It was wonderful. I was delighted to try a smaller venue and it really added to the occasion. The facilities are good. There is very nice food on offer. Main meals for around £10. Sufficient toilets and best...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

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 14 February 2018

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 2 February 2018

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

Thank Ian C
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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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Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a
grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to
start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster
Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square,
and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham
Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just
up the road as well. As captivating as the
architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are
...More
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