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St. James's Church, London
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St James's Church, Piccadilly, also known as St James's Church, Westminster and as St James-in-the-Fields, is an Anglican church on Piccadilly in the centre of London, UK. It was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren.The church is built of red brick with Portland stone dressings. The church’s interior has galleries on three sides supported by square pillars, and the nave has a barrel vault supported by Corinthian columns. The carved marble font and limewood reredos are both notable examples of the work of Grinling Gibbons.HistoryIn 1662, Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans, was granted land for residential development on what was then the outskirts of London. He set aside land for the building of a parish church and churchyard on the south side of what is now Piccadilly. Christopher Wren was appointed the architect in 1672 and the church was consecrated on 13 July 1684 by Henry Compton, the Bishop of London. In 1685 the parish of St James was created for the church.
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  • A small old church on Piccadilly. Hosts a small market in the front and free concerts in the church hall . Also a small caffe . Homeless poor people aloud to sleep on its benches 
  • A few steps from Piccadilly Circus is the Church of St. James's, one of the many churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren is not impressive as St. Paul's but very cozy. In the courtyard there is a small market that changes every day. Inside is easy whether you are a concert, an art exhibition and a few homeless sleeping but still doesn't give him nuisance are accustomed to tourists.
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  • Set back from Piccadilly this is a beautiful old church. There's a market selling various tat in the front courtyard which is a bit off putting but I guess they need to get money however they can. Goo...  more »