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Festival: London Festival of Baroque Music

London Festival of Baroque Music

May 9th – 23rd, 2020

Why should someone come to your festival?

London’s leading festival of Baroque splendour featuring musicians from around the world at the heart of Westminster has a reputation for intelligent theme-based programming and for offering audiences the opportunity to see live artists they may previously have only heard in recordings.

Where is it?

The London Festival of Baroque Music celebrates the splendour of baroque music in Westminster’s Baroque church and Grade 1 listed setting of St John’s Smith Square.

How to get there?

St John’s Smith Square is only a stone’s throw away from Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The nearest tube stations, Westminster, St James’s Park are within walking distance, as is railway station Victoria, which is well connected with Heathrow Airport and operates the Gatwick Express.


Local accommodation

Regular booking terms for central London accommodation apply.

What can tourists visit nearby?

Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben are around the corner from SJSS, and Tate Britain is only a short walk away.

What type of programmes do you have?

The London Festival of Baroque Music, formerly known as the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, was described by the Financial Times as "London’s leading festival of early music"

In its 30 years of existence, visiting artists have included such Baroque luminaries from abroad as Musica Antiqua Köln, La Petite Bande, the Bach Ensemble, Collegium Vocale Gent, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Les Talens Lyriques, Tafelmusik, Jordi Savall, Andreas Scholl, Gustav Leonhardt and Andreas Staier, and home-grown performers from the UK such as Dame Emma Kirkby, Andrew Manze, Carolyn Sampson, The English Concert, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Gabrieli Consort & Players.

What are the venues like?

The LFBM mainly takes place at the Baroque church of St John’s Smith Square, whereas some concerts are also presented in Westminster Abbey and a range of other local venues in Westminster, London.

Dress code

No particular dress code.

Food & Drink

The crypt of St John’s Smith Square houses the Footstool restaurant, which makes a perfect combination to concert-going visitors. Housed beneath the Hall under the vaulted ceiling of the crypt, this brick-walled space provides an elegant and cosy place in which to enjoy a range of snacks, light meals or more formal lunches and dinners. All the food is prepared freshly by the restaurant’s chefs from locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Footstool offers a range of fine teas and roasted coffees, as well as an extensive selection of wine and cold drinks. Reservations for lunchtime and evening service on the à la carte menu can be taken.

For full information, visit the London Festival of Baroque Music website.

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