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Shortish Summary of free things to do in London, England - Free classical concerts in London; historical Concerts in London; Lectures in London; Debates in London; movies in London; and Talks in London, England, UK

(Updates, additions, corrections, observations, etc appreciated)

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Note and Summary: Times and reliability of these concerts can change without notice.

Summary: Besides regular concerts in places outside the square mile defining the City of London (National Portrait Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Picadilly, Gresham College, Royal Academy of Music, etc, etc, etc) For free concert events in the "Square Mile" of the "City of London", browse the C of E "City Events" webpage for this Month's free concert and free London events: new "City Events" website. (If the "City Events" webpage is not up to date, hard copies can normally be obtained by most churches offering concerts, e.g, (St Anne & St Agnes, St Margaret Lothbury, etc.) Visiting the Churches can also give concert information that may not be reliably updated in the City Events pamphlet. e.g.,: a regular Wednesday 1:15pm to 1:45 organ recital at Temple Church; regular Wednesday 1:00pm concert at St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate (Church of Old Bailey); regular 1:05pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime concerts at St. Bride's Church (except during Lent, August and Advent); regular Thursday 1:05pm lunchtime concert at St. Mary Le Bow; regular Friday 12:30pm lunchtime organ concert at St. Stephen Walbrook; regular Thursday 1.15pm lunchtime organ concert at All Hallows By the Tower; and regular Wednesday and Thursday 1:05pm lunchtime concerts at St. Olave's Hart Street. Though it can be best to check up as dates may change for special reasons.)


National Portrait Gallery, London - Education - daytime and evening lectures and evening concerts

  • At http://www.npg.org.uk/live/lecindex.asp

  • Evening music concerts are normally on Friday evenings at 6.30pm (check the web to confirm) and are signposted at the front entrance to the National Portrait Gallery. Most often the concerts are placed in Room 20 on the 2nd floor (up the elevator from the main reception). Room 20 is "The Regency Room" with quite grand paintings including that of the Prince Regent (George IV), William IV and the Reformed Parliament. Get in early if you want a chance to get a seat on the plush leather couch in Room 20. (though personal experience is that the plush leather couch is not as comfortable as the chairs)

    Not all evening concerts are in Room 20 and, as repeated stated, they did put a Cello/Accordian duo next to the loud escalator in the main foyer on one occassion - bad form indeed!

  • Most events at the National Portrait Gallery do not require free tickets - you can just walk in.

  • Be wary that the National Portrait Gallery may mark certain daytime events on their website that DO require free tickets as NOT requiring free tickets (something you might find out the hard way).

  • "Daytime lectures are free, but some indicated by the symbol * require tickets."

  • "Tickets for all lectures can be obtained from the Gallery's Ticket Desk or by sending a s.a.e. to the Education Department, enclosing a cheque made payable to the National Portrait Gallery for the appropriate amount."

  • "All lectures take place in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre, unless otherwise indicated. "


Royal Parks in London

  • At http://www.royalparks.gov.uk

    • St James's Park (near Buckingham Palace) - Events and Activities : http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/james_events.htm
      • "Music: During the summer season, St. James's bandstand is host to over twenty different brass bands, providing free concerts for the public."

    • Hyde Park - Events & Activities : http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/hyde_events.htm
      • "Royal Ceremonies: Perhaps the most spectacular events in the Park are the Royal Ceremonies which are held on the Parade Ground, North-East of the Park. In 2002 they include:

        41 Gun Salute for the Birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (August 5th midday)

        The Household Cavalry pass through the Park daily on their way to their guard duties."

    • The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill - Events & Activities : http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/regent_events.htm
      • Open Air Theatre (May - September)
      • Sport: There are tennis courts (including netball facilities) in the Park, Tel: 020-7486 4216 There are also golf and tennis courts on the Outer Circle. Tel: 020-7724 0643
      • Entertainment: There is a wide variety of music, dance and exhibitions held within The Regent's Park.


St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London


St James' Church Picadilly - London, UK


St Mary-le-Strand, The Strand, London, UK

  • St Mary-le-Strand is just opposite Kings College London (Strand Campus) in the middle of the road.

  • Lunchtime recitals - Free Wednesday at 1.05pm by the looks.


Churches in the Square Mile of the City of London


All Hallows By the Tower


Dutch Church, Austin Friars, City London


The Church of St Anne & St Agnes


The Priory of St Bartholomew the Great, London

  • Welcome to the web site of St Bartholomew the Great one of London's oldest churches, begun in 1123 : http://www.greatstbarts.com/

    West Smithfield in the City of London


St. Bride's Church


St. Clement Eastcheap


St James Garlickhythe


The Guild Church of St Katharine Cree, Leadenhall Street

  • Leadenhall Street - St Katharine Cree is often not marked as such on A-Z maps and should not be confused with the church building marked on the corner of Leadenhall Street and St Mary's Axe. This is not St Katharine Cree.

  • Tube: Bank (then exit the Bank tube station using EXIT 3. This should put you in front of the Royal Exchange. The street to the right of the Royal Exchange is Cornhill Street which becomes Leadenhall Street. Walk down Cornhill Street on the left passed the Lloyds Building (which is on the right). Do not be confused by the the church building on the corner of Leadenhall Street and St Mary's Axe and keep on walking on. St Katharine Cree is on the left near Cree Church Lane.)

  • Occassional concerts at various times and days

St. Lawrence Jewry

  • Gresham St., London, EC2 (next to the London Guild Hall)
  • Tube: St Pauls (then walk down Gresham Street passed St Anne and St Agnes church)
  • Tel: 020 7488 4318

  • Lunchtime Concerts: 1:00pm - Monday and Tuesday

  • Lunchtime Concerts: 1:00pm - "Piano Monday" and "Organ Tuesday"

St. Magnus the Martyr

  • Contact address: Lower Thames Street, EC3 Tube: Monument; Tel: 0207 627 4481 ;
  • Lunchtime Concerts: stated as being second Tuesday of the Month - 1:05pm to 1:45pm. According to some of the very nice and friendly staff (forgotten their official titles - sorry - vergers?: when on a September Church Crawl), concerts may only be signposted on the day - which can vary. Website is hopefully coming soon.


St Margaret Lothbury (by the Bank of England)

  • St Margaret Lothbury homepage at http://www.stml.org.uk/

  • Regular Services (Thursday - 1310 to 1400 - Organ Recital) : http://www.stml.org.uk/stml_reg.html

  • Map to get to St Margaret Lothbury : http://www.stml.org.uk/stml_map.html

  • Tube: Bank (At Bank tube station, use "Exit 2", turn right into Princes St and go down to Lothbury Street. Turn right into Lothbury Street and Church of St Margaret is on the left a little way down)
  • Tel: 020 7606 8330

  • Lunchtime Organ Concerts: 1.10pm Thur ;

  • Examples attended/to attend:

Church of St.Martin-within-Ludgate

  • Images of getting to St Martin-within-Ludgate - part of Getting to free concerts page

  • Ludgate Hill London EC4M 7DE, (continue on from Fleet Street) or down from St Paul's Cathedral. (Suggestion: walking back from the church up Ludgate to St Paul's Cathedral and Tube station can be a good option as you get a great view of the cathedral)

  • Tube: Ludgate Hill London EC4M 7DE ; Tube: St Pauls or Blackfriars
  • Tel: 020 7248 6054

  • Lunchtime Concerts: 1.15pm Wednesday


St. Mary Le Bow Church


The Parish Church of St. Michael, Cornhill

  • Images of getting to St Michael Cornhill - part of Getting to free concerts page

  • St. Michael Cornhill homepage : http://www.st-michaels.org.uk/

  • St. Michael Cornhill Music Trust : http://www.cornhillmusic.org/

  • St. Michael's Church, St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill, London, EC3V 9DS (Tel. 0171 626 8841) : Tube: Bank ; Lunchtime Concerts: varies - 1pm to 1.05pm Wed ;

  • Tube: Bank (then exit the Bank tube station using EXIT 3. This should put you in front of the Royal Exchange. The street to the right of the Royal Exchange is Cornhill Street which becomes Leadenhall Street. Walk down Cornhill Street where St. Michael, Cornhill should quite discreetly on the right hand side of the road as part of St Michael's Alley.

  • Mondays 1pm: Organ Recital
    • "An organ recital is given every Monday at 1.00pm (except public holidays) in what is thought to be the longest-running series of recitals (it was founded in 1916)."

  • Some Tuesdays: 1pm lectures

St. Olave's Church / Parish Church of St. Olave Hart Street


The Parish Church of St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate (Old Bailey)


Church of St. Stephen Walbrook

  • 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN

  • Tube: Canon Street or Bank (take exit near/beyond the Docklands Light Railway entrance - Exit 8)
  • Tel: 020 7283 4444

  • Lunchtime Organ Concerts: 12.30pm Fri


St Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead Garden


St Pancras Parish Church, St Pancras/Bloomsbury


St Paul's Covent Garden


Lincoln's Inn Chapel, Lincoln's Inn


Temple Church

  • At http://www.templechurch.com/

  • How to get to the Temple Church: http://www.templechurch.com/pages/directions/directions.htm

  • If you enter from footpath opposite Chancery Lane, keep going down and around the Temple Church to enter from the South side (river side)

  • If the gates are closed (some weekend afternoons): then enter via Tudor St (Turns off Bouverie St / Temple Lane - east side towards St Pauls and Fleet Street). There is a security gate there and ask the guard to point you towards Temple Church.

  • Lunchtime Concerts (check the website): organ concerts and choirs on defined days
  • Lunchtime Concerts (check the website): organ concerts on most Wednesdays 1:15pm to 1:45pm

  • Be wary that some services and events at Temple Church mentioned on the above Services and Events webpage may require invitations or tickets. You may only find this out by a close reading of the Temple Church literature available at the church (not on the web) E.g.,

    "This service launches an evening of celebration in Inner and in Middle Temple. For tickets to the service. Benches and Members of the Inns should apply to the Treasury Office of their Inn; all others should contact Liz Clarke in the Church Office."

    Thus if in doubt, it might be safer ringing in advance to query this.

  • "The Choir: At the Temple Church you will hear some of the finest church-music in London. The choir of 12 men and 18 boys sings on Sunday mornings at 11.15am, and at services on special occasions."


University Church of Christ the King, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury

    Gordon Square. Tube: Goodge Street or Euston Square. (2 minute walk from Birkbeck College)

  • Organ Concerts at 1:10pm on the first Friday of the Month


St Alfege, Greenwich, London, UK

    Getting there by Tube: Cutty Sark Gardens Station, Docklands Light Rail (zone 2)

  • Concerts at 1:00m on Thursdays (at least in the month of February 2003)

  • St Alfege, Greenwich, London, UK : http://www.st-alfege.org/


St Stephen's, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London

    St Stephen's Church, Southwell Garden (and Gloucester Road), SW7 4RL, Tel: 020 7370 3418; Fax: 020 7370 5767; E-mail: sstephen_london@compuserve.com

  • Free rush hour concert at St Stephen's Church: Normally a concert series Tuesdays starting at 6:30pm and generally finishing around 7:20pm. Check that it is on the month your interested in.

  • Check for information on the new season of recitals at: http://www.paulplummer.co.uk

  • Music at St Stephens: http://thewhat.biz/pp/musicststephens.htm


St Mary Abbots, South Kensington, London


Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London


St Giles-in-the-Fields, Bloomsbury/Charing Cross, London


St George's, Bloomsbury, London


Westminster Abbey - London, UK


St Pauls Cathedral - London, UK


St John's Waterloo, London


St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, London


All Saints Margaret Street - Church of England - Central London


St Mary's, Bourne Street


Royal Opera House - London, UK

Information on free concerts at the Royal Opera House

From: Royal Opera House
To: "'Lachlan Cranswick'" [l.m.d.cranswick@dl.ac.uk]
Subject: RE: free concerts at the Royal Opera House??
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 18:40:28 -0000

Thank you for your e-mail.

The House usually has a free lunchtime concert from 1pm-2pm on Mondays,
however over Christmas I suspect these will not take place.  If you phone
020 7212 9100 (Mon - Fri 8am to 7pm) and request the Information desk, they
will be able to advise you when the next free Monday lunchtime concert is.

Many Thanks

XXXX


National Gallery - London, UK


National Theatre - London, UK

  • At http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

  • National Gallery London - What's On - Free Foyer Music : http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=1821

  • Enjoy free concerts in the 'Djanogly Concert Pitch' every evening (pre-performance) and at lunch time on Saturdays. Feel free to hum along, tap your toes or just sit back and listen to a lively mix of music from around the world... from cool jazz to upbeat ethnic and much, much more. Evenings at 6pm and Saturdays at 1pm & 6pm, unless otherwise indicated.


Gresham College, London: Lectures Webpage - London, UK (Providing free public lectures since 1597)


Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, The Strand, London: Lectures Webpage - London, UK


Tate Classic/Tate Britian - London, UK


Royal College of Music - London, UK


Royal Academy of Music - London, UK


BBC PROMS concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK


The British Museum - London, UK


St John's, Smith Square - London, UK


St Margarets Church - Westminster Abbey - London, UK


Kings College London - The Strand, London, UK


City Lit - Stukeley Street, Covent Garden, London, UK

  • City Lit : http://www.citylit.ac.uk/

  • Occassional free lunchtime concerts in one of the basement practise rooms, but no reliable way to find out about them(?)


British Library - London, UK


UK Philosophical and Ethnical Societies including the South Place Ethical Society (SPES)


Other Links


[National Portrait Gallery] | [Royal Parks concerts and events] | [St Martin-in-the-Fields] | [St James Picadilly] | [St Mary le Strand] | [Churches in the Square Mile of London - All Hallows By the Tower | Dutch Church, Austin Friars | St Anne & St Agnes | The Priory of St Bartholomew the Great | St. Bride's Church | St. Clement Eastcheap | St James Garlickhythe | St Katharine Cree | St. Lawrence Jewry | St. Magnus the Martyr | St Margaret Lothbury | St.Martin-within-Ludgate | St. Mary Le Bow | St. Michael Cornhill | St. Olave Hart Street | St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate (Old Bailey) | St. Stephen Walbrook | Temple Church ] | [St Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead Garden] | [St Pancras Parish Church, St Pancras/Bloomsbury] | [St Paul's Covent Garden] | [Lincoln's Inn Chapel, Lincoln's Inn] | [Christ the King, Gordon Square] | [St Alfege, Greenwich, London] | [St Stephens, Gloucester Road, South Kensington] | [St Mary Abbots, South Kensington] | [Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair] | [St Giles-in-the-Fields, Bloomsbury/Charing Cross, London] | [St George's, Bloomsbury, London] | [Westminster Abbey] | [St Pauls Cathedral] | [St John's Waterloo] | [All Saints Margaret Street] | [St Mary's Bourne Street] | [Royal Opera House] | [National Gallery] | [National Theatre] | [Gresham College] . . [Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, The Strand] . . [Tate Classic/Tate Britain, London] . . [Royal College of Music] | [Royal Academy of Music] | [BBC PROMS] | [The British Museum] | [St Johns Smith Square] | [St Michael and All Angels/a>] | [St. Margarets Church - Westminster Abbey] | [Kings College London] | [City Lit] | [UK Literary Societies] | [UK Philosophical and Ethical Societies] | [Other Links]
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