Situated not far from Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, off Millbank, and only a short walk from Westminster tube station and Parliament Square, St John’s Smith Square is a unique classical music venue in central London and a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture. Built in 1728, and restored after damage in the Second World War, it is one of the finest examples of English Baroque architecture and is considered a masterpiece of this style.  The beauty of the building is matched by an exceptional acoustic and since its restoration in the late 1960s St John’s has presented a varied programme featuring choirs, chamber orchestras and period instrument groups, playing host to such luminaries as Daniel Barenboim, Emil Gilels, Pierre Boulez, Dame Joan Sutherland and Jonas Kaufmann.

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.

St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA (view map)
St James Park, Westminster
Brand identity
and site design

Baxter and Bailey
Site build
Alison Fox

2017 Funders

Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
The Hargreaves and Ball Trust
The Kirby Laing Foundation
Fidelio Charitable Trust
The R K Charitable Trust

The Nugee Foundation