Visit London Blog » st martin-in-the-fields Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christmas Carol Concerts in London Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:29:00 +0000 Nothing sings Christmas like a candlelit concert. Whether you’re looking to belt out a few notes of your own or sit back and soak up the surroundings, here’s the shortlist of the top locations to hear carols in the capital.

Christmas carols at Hampton Court Palace (17-23 Dec)

The fairytale one. Henry VII’s Tudor palace hosts its famous do-it-yourself carol singing accompanied by the Epsom & Ewell Silver Band. Sing your heart out beneath the stars in the courtyards of the palace. Illuminated in the dark, this makes a stunning night-time destination. Don’t forget to try out the ice rink!

Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square (9-22 Dec)

The traditional one. For years crowds have flocked beneath this gigantic tree in Trafalgar Square to listen to songs and join in with carol services. Every night until 22 Dec, different carol groups will be singing all the classics, from Deck the Halls and Good King Wenceslas, to Ding Dong Merrily on High and The Holly and the Ivy, plus it’s all for charity.

Southwark Cathedral Christmas Carols (Throughout December)

The family one. Singing, readings, and music all under the roof of the stunning Southwark Cathedral. Highlights include the Cathedral Sing-in, The Southwark Cathedral Choir Concert and the Christmas Eve ceremonious Building of the Crib- an event created specially for children and which follows the Nativity Story with readings and carols. See choir boy Raphael revel in the festive atmosphere of Southwark Cathedral in this heart-warming video. Watch it for a chance to win a five night trip to London!

St-Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols (Throughout December)

The grand one. This landmark church hosts an outstanding music programme throughout the year with lunchtime concerts and top musicians but is even busier than ever in the festive season. Special concerts include the incredibly popular Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge’s Glory of Christmas by Candlelight and two chances to see the English Chamber Choir and Belmont Ensemble of London perform Handel’s Messiah.

Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival (13-24 Dec)

The lively one. The Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas Sing-along does exactly what it says on the tin and features all the classic tunes and Christmas hits. Other concerts at the venue include The Glory of Christmas, The BT Christmas Concert, Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker, Carols by Candleight and Royal Choral Society Christmas Carols.

Our pick of top upcoming carol concerts include:

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Place in London to Hear Music? Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:42:13 +0000

Following last week’s announcement that The O2 is the world’s most popular music venue, we asked our Visit London Facebook fans What’s Your Favourite Place in London To Hear Music?

There was a big response. Plenty of you agree The O2 is excellent, and other large venues such as HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and The Barbican were mentioned.

Smaller venue favourites include Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, Camden’s Electric Ballroom, Vortex Jazz Club in Hackney, Union Chapel Islington and The Archduke at Waterloo.

Lots of people rate London’s buskers, music outdoors in Covent Garden, Regent’s Park (in summer!) and Trafalgar Square, and several of you professed a love for candlelit concerts at St Martin in the Fields.

So what’s your favourite place in London to hear music? Leave a comment below…

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London Photo of the Week: Morning Lights in Trafalgar Square Sat, 08 Jan 2011 13:29:09 +0000

We’ve chosen littleblomma‘s photo of morning lights in Trafalgar Square as the winner of our Only in London Flickr Photo competition!

Littleblomma won top price tickets to Jersey Boys and a night for two at the Thistle Marble Arch with a bottle of champagne.

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Visit London Poll: Which Is Your Favourite Shortlisted Artwork for the Fourth Plinth? Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:30:57 +0000 Allora & Calzadilla, Untitled (ATM/Organ), Elmgreen & Dragset, Powerless Structures, Fig.101 Katharina Fritsch, Hahn / Cock Brian Griffiths, Battenberg Hew Locke, Sikandar Mariele Neudecker, It’s Never Too Late And You Can’t Go Back

This morning, six proposals for the next Fourth Plinth commission were unveiled at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square.

The artists are Allora & Calzadilla; Elmgreen & Dragset; Katharina Fritsch; Brian Griffiths; Hew Locke; and Mariele Neudecker.

The decision will be made by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group later this year and the winning artwork will be announced by the Mayor of London early next year.

The winning artwork will be mounted on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

But which is your favourite? Vote in our poll and let us know which proposal you’d like to see on the Fourth Plinth after Yinka Shonibare’s Ship in A Bottle.

Our poll is just for fun, but if you’d like to submit your views about the artworks to the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group before they make their decision, you can comment at

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Shortlist Announced for Next Fourth Plinth Artwork Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:02:06 +0000

Six artists have been shortlisted to produce the next artwork for Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, replacing Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare.

The winner will have the chance to showcase their work during the London 2012 Olympic Games, when the eyes of the world will be on London.

The shortlisted artists are:

The winner will be announced early next year.

Shortlisted designs will be on display in the crypt of St Martin- in-the-Fields from 19 August to 31 October 2010.  Admission is free

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What’s Your Favourite Eccentric London Event? Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:56:42 +0000

This year’s Enjoy England Awards for Excellence are asking for your favourite quirky event that’s unique to England.

The winner will be announced in a ceremony on St George’s Day (24 April).

Visit London will shortly be submitting some of our favourite quirky London experiences in a bid to claim the top “Where Else but England” prize for the capital!

Here are some of our favourite unconventional London traditions:

The Christmas Day Peter Pan Swim in the Serpentine: brave members of the Serpentine Swimming Club take to near-freezing waters for this annual event in Hyde Park.

The IWA Canalway Cavalcade: hundreds of narrowboats fill the waters of Little Venice with colour, character and quintessential English on May bank holiday

The MP vs Media Parliamentary Pancake Race gives the two opposing teams the opportunity to battle it out in Victoria Tower Gardens carrying frying pans and pancakes

Horseman’s Sunday: the vicar of St. John’s Church in Hyde Park leads more than 100 horses and riders to the church in a celebration of horse riding in the capital.

A much-loved cockney tradition, Pearly Kings & Queens: dating from the 19th century when a young boy covered a suit with shiny buttons to attract attention in an effort to raise money for the poor. The tradition thrives to this day; particularly at the annual festival at St Martin-in-the Fields.

Twelfth Night: mixing ancient midwinter traditions with contemporary festivity, the Twelfth Night celebration on Bankside includes the extraordinary, pagan Holly Man, who, decked in evergreen foliage, appears from the Thames…

Do you have your own favourite quirky London event? Add your suggestions to the comments below for other top contenders!

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