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St James's Church, London

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St James's Church, Piccadilly, also known as St James's Church, Westminster, and St James-in-the-Fields, is an Anglican church on Piccadilly in the centre of London, United Kingdom. The church was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren.
The church is built of red brick with Portland stone dressings. Its interior has galleries on three sides supported by square pillars, and the nave has a barrel vault supported by Corinthian columns. The carved marble font and limewood reredos are both notable examples of the work of Grinling Gibbons.
In 1662, Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans, was granted land for residential development on what was then the outskirts of London. He set aside land for the building of a parish church and churchyard on the south side of what is now Piccadilly. Christopher Wren was appointed the architect in 1672 and the church was consecrated on 13 July 1684 by Henry Compton, the Bishop of London. In 1685 the parish of St James was created for the church.
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  • TERRIBLE! When I purchased the tickets I was. it informed we would be sat in the worst pew in the church. As we were a ‘bubble of four’ we were placed at the the top and at the very back of the...  more »
  • Whilst the whole of theatre land remains in darkness and many churches remain shut let alone resuming the performance of live music all credit to St. James’s Piccadilly for restarting its series of...  more »
  • This is such a lovely church in the center of London! The first time I visited this place was during a Waterstones book release event and it was one of the coolest experiences ever. When you come to London if you have a few minutes to spare definitely head to St. James's Church in Piccadilly and check this lovely place out!
  • I adore this place. Unspoilt and quiet traditional Wren building, with unique outdoor market, brilliant FREE lunchtime recitals in the church, a cafe and even a free hour's counselling on a Wednesday. Great little churchyard and a surprisingly quiet retreat from noisy pretentious Piccadilly. All churches should be like this.

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