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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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  • They turned the church to community center. One side became coffee shop for young mothers bringing their babies to gym-bury while the other side is the post office. What a grand idea. I loved it.  more »
  • I had popped into St James's Church Paddington once to have a look around before but attended a concert there for the first time last week. The large chamber orchestra fitted comfortably on the...  more »
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  • What a lovely place where to eat while you enjoy your lunch break or simply browsing in Central. The gardens are relatively quiet although pretty packed over the spring summer and beginning of the spring. The mini Market is always a great idea if you are looking for presents and it is really affordable, paints, jewelry, cosmetics, decorations, crockery or simply food. You should definitely go to have a look there. The stalls owner are always lively and lovely!!
  • Romantic? I don't think so! That was the most disappointing concert I've ever seen in London! I bought 2 tickets for my husband and myself for what was advertised to be a romantic candle lit concert. The names of the composers on the program sounded quite exciting. We were looking forward to seeing the concert. What we got was not entertaining at all! I can't even be bothered to describe it. If it was down to me, I could have left earlier. My husband didn't want to be rude to me (I bought the tickets) so we did stay till the end. Nothing exciting or entertaining happened, and in the end my husband was equally disappointed. Sorry, can't recommend at all!

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