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Festival: St John's Christmas Festival

St John's Christmas Festival


Where is it?

The annual Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square has flourished into a series of heart-warming concerts for the festive season in Westminster, right in the heart of London.

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 Britian is only a short walk away.

Why should someone come to your festival?

With a focus on the great British choral tradition, the annual Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square is a flourishing series of heart-warming concerts for the festive season in the heart of London’s Westminster.

What type of programmes do you have?

Inspired by the great British choral tradition, the programme of the annual Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square features some of the UK’s most exceptional choirs, ensembles and solo musicians. The performance of Handel’s Messiah by Polyphony has become a much-anticipated classic in the programme, curated by Stephen Layton. The annual Christmas Festival is a flourishing series of concerts of festive music taking place over a fortnight in a candle-lit atmosphere.

What are the venues like?

Based in Westminster, St John’s Smith Square is the go-to church venue for baroque splendour in the heart of London. Home to three annual festivals and hosting over 300 concerts and events every year, St John’s Smith Square offers a singular concert experience in a unique Grade 1 listed setting.

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.

Latest reviewsSee more...

An early Christmas present from Stephen Layton & Co.

A lithe and engaging performance of Handel's festive regular from Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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Cardinall's Musick and the angels

An interesting programme which brings together music inspired by angels from Palestrina to Tippett, sung in the gorgeous surroundings of St John's, Smith Square.
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