The best ones are in the evening (which you have to pay for), but there also plenty of free ones which they hold at lunchtime a couple of times each week. They usually start at 1 PM, so it's a nice way to rest your feet if you've been pounding the pavement all morning. They've got a big cafe in the Crypt as well, where you can treat yourself to a cup of tea afterwards.
The free concerts can be anything from solo pianists to string quartets, and frequently include a vocalist or choral group -- it's all top quality stuff, and well worth a visit. Check out their website to see exactly who's playing. They usually perform works by the likes of Mozart, Handel, Bach and Vivaldi.
Craig has never been to one of these classical concerts, but he has written a review of St Martin in the Fields church. You might like to give it a quick read before you go, to see what they church is like inside.
There are plenty of other attractions within a short walk of the church. After you've rested up maybe you can pop in to the National Gallery next door? Or have a walk down Whitehall to see Number 10 Downing Street, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
> Craig’s review of St. Martin-in-the-Fields – “St. Martin-in-the-Fields is famous for helping out the homeless, and whenever you come in here you'll find a few of them kipping in the pews. There are two guys in here at the moment, gently resting their heads against the stone cold columns. The rain is knocking on the window and they've still got their hoods zipped up. I suppose when you're homeless you expect it to… continued”
Michael Tilson Thomas: Beethoven, Bartok and Cage – 30 May 2019 – Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Beethoven, Bartok and Cage.
Murray Perahia piano recital – 3 Jun 2019 – World renowned pianist Murray Perahia will be playing some classical works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin at Barbican Hall
Slavonic Masters at Cadogan Hall – 4 Jun 2019 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing classical music by Borodin, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky at Cadogan Hall.
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut – 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 Jun 2019 – Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Giacomo Puccini's opera Manon Lescaut about her love affair with a young student
Un Ballo In Maschera — Giuseppe Verdi – 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 25, 27, 28 and 29 Jun 2019 – Opera Holland Park is putting on a production of Verdi's opera about a baleful prophecy and murderous love triangle
Donizetti’s Il Paria — Britten Sinfonia – 8 Jun 2019 – Sir Mark Elder and the Britten Sinfonia will be giving a concert performance of Donizetti's Il Paria at Barbican Hall.
English Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – 9 Jun 2019 – The English Symphony Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Mendelssohn and Beethoven at Cadogan Hall.
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