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Address: Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, England
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
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Classical music concerts are presented at St John's church.

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Mozart's Requiem was delightful

I took my Mum here for a classical concert - Mozart's Requiem and it was lovely. We both enjoyed it. Tickets aren't expensive as St Martins for example but the venue is smaller... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2016
Ariane A
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

This concert hall - derived from a large old church - is in the classical shoe-box shape and has great accoustics. Amazing really when you consider that it was fire-bombed during the War and totally gutted. Fantastic piece of restoration. Comfortable seats. Good restaurant with quaint stone winding staircase down for access. Not the easiest place to get to by... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

In my opinion this is one of the best venues in London for classical music, offering also a nice bar and restaurant in the crypt. It's a similar concept to St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar square, with a former church converted into a concert hall and a restaurant in the crypt. However, St Jonn's offers a much wider... More 

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

If you are a regular of the South Bank and the Barbican, you should add this place to your list of regular concerts (as well as the Wigmore and the Cadogan Hall). More intimate than all of the above and with very high quality music. A real pleasure. The food in the crypt is also quite good although I recommend... More 

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Rijeka, Croatia
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

The former church at the Smith Square, built in the early 18th century, was directly hit by a bomb and destroyed in fire during the air raid in 1941. Twenty years after the war it was restored and turned into the concert hall. It is one of the finest examples of the Baroque architecture in the city.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

I have been to a few classical music concerts here, and it is a nice venue though a little difficult to get to (since not many people live near the Houses of parliament!), so involves a taxi or a walk from Westminster station. Its size makes it quite intimate, there is a restaurant beneath but the food (even snacks) are... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

This amazing concert hall has an interesting history: This church, completed in 1728, was badly damaged by an incendiary bomb in 1941, and left a ruin, open to the sky, for 20 years. It was restored in the early 1960’s and, with acoustics suitable for any combination of instruments, and distance from traffic noise, it was turned into a concert... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

Excellent concert venue. A nice size making it quite intimate. I very much enjoyed the music and the Purcell seemed very apt for such a building.

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Thank cssatl
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

We attended a concert featuring the Dunedin Consort performing Handel's Messiah (Dublin version) led by the enthusiastic maestro John Butt and featuring excellent soloists and musicians We also had a pre performance meal in the Footstool restaurant located in the crypt A thoroughly enjoyable evening all round- high quality in every aspect We will return Congratulations to St John's Smith... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

I have performed twice at this venue with Etcetera choir. It is an impressive building hidden away within walking distance of the House of Commons and Westminster Abbey. An imposing Victorian structure with plenty of original features, a good restaurant and lots of concerts, talks etc available here. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

I took my Mum here for a classical concert - Mozart's Requiem and it was lovely. We both enjoyed it. Tickets aren't expensive as St Martins for example but the venue is smaller and possibly not as comfortable. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the concert.

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