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”
The Merry Widow – 27, 29 Mar, 1, 4 and 13 Apr 2019 – The London Coliseum will be putting on an production of Franz Lehar's comic operetta about Hanna and Danilo's burgeoning romance
Shostakovich and Strauss — London Symphony Orchestra – 27 Mar 2019 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Shostakovich and Strauss at Barbican Hall.
Mozart’s The Magic Flute – 28 Mar, 2, 6, 9 and 11 Apr 2019 – The London Coliseum will be putting on an production of Mozart's comic opera about Prince Tamino and Papageno's adventures
Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Balakirev – 28 Mar 2019 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some music by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Balakirev at Barbican Hall.
Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra – 29 Mar 2019 – The Russian National Philharmonic will be playing some classical music by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky at Cadogan Hall.
Richard Strauss and Iain Bell, at Barbican Hall – 31 Mar 2019 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Richard Strauss and Iain Bell at Barbican Hall.
English Concert, performing Handel’s Semele – 5 Apr 2019 – The English Concert and Clarion Choir will be giving a performance of Handel's Semele at Barbican Hall
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
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