Westminster Abbey
19 May

An architectural masterpiece of the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, Westminster Abbey also presents a unique pageant of British history – the Confessor’s Shrine, the tombs of Kings and Queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great. It has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other Royal occasions. Today it is still a church dedicated to regular worship and to the celebration of great events in the life of the nation. Neither a cathedral nor a parish church, Westminster Abbey is a "royal peculiar" under the jurisdiction of a Dean and Chapter, subject only to the Sovereign.

Westminster Abbey, a work of architectural genius, a place of daily worship, deploying the resources of high musical expertise, a burial place of kings, statesmen, warriors, scientists, musicians and poets is the result of a process of development across the centuries, which represents the response of a monastery and later a post-Reformation church to the stimulus and challenge of its environment.

Address: Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA (located between St. Margaret Street and Victoria Street)
Underground: St. James Park, Westminster
Website: www.westminster-abbey.org

St. John's, Smith Square
4 May - 27 May

St. John's, Smith Square, in the heart of Westminster, is one of London's major concert venues and favourite historic buildings. Valued for its superb acoustic, it presents an extremely varied programme of classical music throughout the concert season, ranging from choirs and symphony orchestras to solo instrumental recitals.

Built in 1728, and restored after damage in the Second World War, St. John's is one of the finest examples of English Baroque architecture and is considered a masterpiece of this style. St. John's has been dubbed 'Queen Anne's Footstool' due to a legend that the architect, Thomas Archer, consulted Queen Anne on the design of the new church. In reply the monarch petulantly kicked over her footstool and snapped 'like that!' Thus the four towers are said to give the building the semblance of an upturned footstool.

As St. John's is an historic building, access for wheelchair users is difficult. Please advise the Box Office when booking tickets.

The Footstool Restaurant in the Crypt of St. John's is open on concert evenings and during the week for lunch, buffet and licensed refreshments. Tel. 020 7222 2779.

Address: St. John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Underground: St. James Park, Westminster
Website: www.sjss.org.uk

St. John’s and Westminster Abbey are both equipped with an induction loop system, musical instruments and DJ products.
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Please advise Box Office when booking tickets.