St James's Church (St James's)

This large Christopher Wren church was built 1676-84 to serve the then fashionable and newly developed of St James's Square and its environs. Built in red brick with stone dressing, featuring a square tower and compact spire - a copy in fibre glass of the original destroyed in World War II; the light and airy interior has a decorated barrel vault, galleries, a marble font, reredos and organ case by Grinling Gibbons. The organ built originally for Whitehall Palace, was a gift of Mary II.

William Blake was baptised here in 1757, St James's is now a fashionable West End venue for weddings. The churchyard is a garden of remembrance dedicated to Londoners' courage in World War II.

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Telephone: 020 7734 4511

Address: 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL

Website: St James's Church

Nearby Stations: Piccadilly Circus Station

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