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Café in the Crypt

Les Routiers Café of the Year 2012, the Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London.

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Art and exhibitions

Visiting St Martin – Art - Art old and new

Trafalgar Square is well known as the location for the world famous art collections in the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery. But in the Crypt of St Martin’s we have our own special space for art lovers.

The Gallery in the Crypt’s dramatic 18th Century architecture makes a stunning backdrop to display modern art and photography. Exhibitions are open to the public on Monday – Tuesday 8.00am to 8.00pm, Wednesday 8.00am to 6.00pm, Thursday – Saturday 8.00am to 9.00pm and Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm. If we have to close the Gallery for a private event the details will be listed here.

For information about hiring the Gallery for your exhibition please email

We also use the Foyer and church railings for seasonal exhibitions.  Current and future exhibitions are included below.


Monday 2 February 2015 – Sunday 1 March 2015
A Sense of Place by ‘ArtWorks’ artists


BJ 1532 ApsleyArtWorks is a collective of 30+ fine artists who studied together and regularly collaborate using a broad range of media from expressive drawings, prints and paintings to photography and three dimensional standing and wall work. A Sense of Place features paintings, prints, drawings, photography and mixed media. Discover more about the arts and their work from

Monday 2 March 2015 – Sunday 15 March 2015
Crossing Boarders by East London Textile Arts


african lady cleanedEast London Textile Arts was set up by local people of different faiths and ethnicities to make textiles that reflect the cultural diversity of East London. Craftspeople work in partnership with local community centres and have an outreach programme aimed at people who cannot access mainstream creative opportunities for reasons of health, family ties or economic constraints. The exhibition includes embroidered and patchwork hangings, printed textiles, puppets and other three dimensional textile works, and garments made from fabrics created on the project.  Cards, decorated papers, and booklets will be on sale with profits supporting the ongoing work of the project.

Monday 23 March 2015– Saturday 9 May 2015
Outsiders in London. Are you one, too?


milan1Following the successful showing of his 100 Faces of London in 2012,  Milan Svanderlik returns to the Gallery in the Crypt with a new exhibition, this time with a sharper socio-political edge. The term ‘outsider’ often has negative connotations: ‘outsiders’ are ‘them’ in contrast to ‘us’, arrivals from distant provinces or foreign lands, those not quite belonging, those not exactly fitting in or those not conforming.
Through their images and stories, this exhibition reveals something of the lives of 40 individuals who have perceived themselves as ‘outsiders’ in one way or another, and celebrates both their survival and their achievements.


Previous Exhibitions

Previous exhibitions that have been held in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Gallery in the Crypt in 2013.

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Permanent Installations

St Martin-in-the-Fields is home to several commissions and permanent installations by contemporary artists.

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