St John’s Smith Square is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and was designed by architect Thomas Archer as part of the ‘Commission for Building Fifty New Churches’ of 1710.
A unique music venue in central London, St John’s has survived fire, lightning, bomb plots and the Blitz. Its beauty is matched by an exceptional acoustic and from its restoration as both church and concert hall in the late 1960s, St John’s has presented some of the finest classical talent in a programme featuring choirs, chamber orchestras and period instrument groups.
Sir Hugh Casson said of St John’s “…just to come across it in that quiet square is an event. To enter it, to enjoy its spaces, to listen to fine music within its walls is an experience not to be matched in conventional concert halls and is a lasting tribute to the man who designed it.”