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St. John's Smith Square, London

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St John's Smith Square is a redundant church in the centre of Smith Square, Westminster, London. Sold to a charitable trust as a ruin following firebombing in the Second World War, it was restored as a concert hall.


This Grade I listed church was designed by Thomas Archer and was completed in 1728 as one of the so-called Fifty New Churches. It is regarded as one of the finest works of English Baroque architecture, and features four corner towers and monumental broken pediments. It is often referred to as 'Queen Anne's Footstool' because as legend has it, when Archer was designing the church he asked the Queen what she wanted it to look like. She kicked over her footstool and said 'Like that!', giving rise to the building's four corner towers.
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  • Restaurant down stairs is excellent with open buffet of a high standard with attentive staff and a nice cosy atmosphere. Lunch is busy with hot and cold curry, tartlets, chicken skewers and great...  more »
  • This church is now a music concert hall specialising in classical music. Lots of lunchtime shows. Nice building in smart area behind Millbank  more »
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  • Visited to collect tickets for concert next week. The box office staff are very friendly and we had an interesting conversation! Went to the concert on 30 January given by Royal Holloway, University of London and the London Mozart Players. My only complaint was that the church was absolutely freezing.
  • Love this hall for concerts even though the seating is on the flat. I particularly like the basement restaurant area and home made hot meals they sell are tasty..and brilliant cakes! Staff on front desk very friendly.
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