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St James’s Piccadilly has been a Church of England parish at the heart of London since 1684. The Grade I listed church building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

In the 1662, King Charles II granted a charter to develop part of the estate that belonged to St James’s Palace. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, St James’s was consecrated in 1684 and is now a Grade 1 listed building. St James’s Church Piccadilly has been at the heart of the community since 1684.

Generations of Londoners and international visitors have found a place here, attending services, concerts, meeting in its unique courtyard or taking some time to enjoy the contemplative green space of the Southwood Garden.

After the bombing of 1940, the church was rebuilt. In the decades since, the church has developed a reputation for being creative, engaged and inclusive, rooted in its Christian faith as part of the Anglican Communion but welcoming to people of all faiths and none.

The Wren Project celebrates London’s 17th- century inheritance by transforming it for 21st century work.

St James’s Church is a historic church, looking to the future, impatient for change in the society we serve.