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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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  • A few steps from Piccadilly Circus is the Church of St. James's, one of the many churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren is not impressive as St. Paul's but very cozy. In the courtyard there is a small market that changes every day. Inside is easy whether you are a concert, an art exhibition and a few homeless sleeping but still doesn't give him nuisance are accustomed to tourists.
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  • A different Church in London. It is not of those churches of looking and not touched, on the contrary, it seems more close to the people. I had the opportunity to listen to music here, highly recommended!
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  • Peaceful place. I always find it easier to relax and mediate in a church, not sure why. Could be something to do with the sheer vastness of space inside you can hear your thoughts echoing inside of you. The lack of crowds also helps.
  • Superb blessed church. Great ministry. Amazing Gospel Choir once a month. Superb church
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