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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.

17 March – 12 April 2014: Gallery Exhibition

The Music Makers: An Exhibition by Joshua Hayes and Philip Surey

Image of musical instruments under constructionPhotographer Joshua Hayes and artist Philip Surey have created an exciting exhibition offering a visual expression of classical music.

Joshua has spent the last year photographing the British craftsmen and women who make classical musical instruments, as well as composers and performers. He has created a persuasive dialogue between the factual and his emotive response to the subject.

Phil Surey has responded to this work to produce three large fabric wall hangings – paintings – that are visual manifestations of music, together with a series of slate tables with keywords that resonated with the composers when creating their work.

Please note, the Gallery will be closed at the following times:
Saturday 12 April, all day

Sunday 13 April, all day


The Connection Homeless Art Exhibition

Come and see an exhibition and sale of art and photographs by talented artists from The Connection’s art room. There’s an inspired range of work on display and the exhibition will be live until June 2014 Don’t miss it!

14 April – 11 May 2014: Gallery Exhibition

Feza Erkeller-Yuksel and Helen Lee

Feza Erkeller-Yuksel and Helen Lee return to St Martin-in-the-Fields with their latest show, ‘Point of View’. The London-based painters, share an interest in portraying moments of urban life as they present the modern city space in all its vibrant diversity. Feza brings a sharp political eye to her latest work in oil, creating an atmosphere of life in London and Istanbul. Helen focuses on detailed rendering of architectural forms of London in ink and watercolour.

Please note, the Gallery will be closed at the following times:

Friday 18 April, all day
Wednesday 23 April, from 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday 29 April, from 6.00pm
Thursday 8 May, from 8.00pm


12 – 25 May 2014: Gallery Exhibition

Benoit Cazelles

Discover illuminations as you’ve never seen them before!

Benoît Cazelles paints miniatures on real parchment with natural pigments and gold leaf, displaying the same patience and dexterity as the master illuminators of the Middle Ages. His Phoenix for example, with its stunning gradients of colours, represents almost three months work, while his miniature trees of life on gold-gilded pebbles are beautiful jewels to behold. His remarkable talent as an artist lies in his contemporary style, which brings an original and refreshing dimension to this art. Benoît invites you to contemplate his myriad of non-figurative and realistic motifs bursting with light, reflections and vitality. 

26 May – 22 June 2014: Gallery Exhibition

The Refugee’s Gift: an exhibition of photographs by William Knight for the Refugee Council

An image from William Knight's exhibition 'A Refugee's Gift'These photographs by Bill Knight for the Refugee Council show refugees and the contribution they make to life in the United Kingdom. Here are people who have escaped from persecution and who have benefited from our long tradition of offering asylum. They may have arrived recently from conflicts in Syria, Eritrea, or Somalia, or sought safety decades ago from Hitler’s Germany. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, most arrived with few material possessions – but they all came with an unstoppable determination to make a new life.

23 June – 20 July 2014: Gallery Exhibition

My London by Renos Lavithis

Image from Renos Lavithis' 'My London' exhibitionRenos Lavithis worked as an artist for the national newspaper Daily Mail in Fleet Street for many years.

He now visits and explores his old haunts, and places of the legendary Press centre of the world, but also many of his favourite spots of London, including scenes along the River Thames, drawing them on paper with ink, pencil, graphite and watercolour wash.

For the first time, alongside these works, Renos will be exhibiting those celebrating the London 2012 Olympics. Some other works of London such as open spaces are painted with oils.

22 July -3rd August 2014: Gallery Exhibition

London Places Open Spaces
Paintings by Berry Birdsall and Helen Ryan

Berry and Helen return to the Crypt Gallery after a successful joint exhibition in April 2013.  This exhibition celebrates London and other places of inspiration for these two artists, who originate from New York City and Dublin respectively and have chosen London as their adopted home.  The paintings take the viewer on their artistic journey. Their work hangs in both UK and international collections.

Berry paints colourful landscapes and cityscapes with an emphasis on strong light and reflections. Her main medium is oil and she aims to evoke a mood of calm but vibrant peace. In addition to being an artist she had a long scientific career at the National Institute for Medical Research in London.

Helen’s paintings document travels from her native Ireland, to Australia, Europe and ultimately her chosen home, London.   Art has been her method of recording and expressing what she sees, thinks and feels as she has moved through life. She is inspired by the energy and scale of man-made structures and the natural beauty of the world.  She is currently working with collage and quick drying acrylic paint.



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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