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St. John's Smith Square

Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, England
+44 20 7222 1061
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Baroque church that is now a concert venue with excellent acoustics

The former church of St John's Smith Square has had a chequered history.  Completed in 1728, it was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian C
London, United Kingdom
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We were attending a concert and came here for a pre Christmas meal, having been before & enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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
+44 20 7222 1061
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank tiskerman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Charon666
Reviewed 1 November 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

Thank JCDown
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

Thank rayrest
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

Thank lr62194
Reviewed 19 May 2017

For some tears this venue has hosted the London( previously Lufthansa) Festival of Baroque Music. There is always at least one really really outstanding performance, and tonight's might have been the one : a concert interpretation by i Fagiolini of Monteverdi's Orfeo. The sound made...More

Thank logicsticks
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Had a delicious dinner in comfortable and spotless surroundings. The staff were extremely polite and the service was excellent.

Thank Marie B
Reviewed 26 April 2017

A ten-minute walk from the Westminster tube station, this former church is an excellent venue for classical music. We visited on Good Friday and heard a wonderful concert by Alamire, a choral ensemble that performed sacred music from the Tudor era. The acoustics in the...More

Thank Sidney_Brewer
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