I don’t often dedicate a post to a church, infact I haven’t ever! but this dear little church which I recently happened on in London deserves special recognition. Tucked into the main thoroughfare of the upscale Piccadilly in London I was drawn down the steps into the forecourt as a craft market was setting up. (What a great way to support local small businesses and make use of space in an otherwise expensive area of the city).
St James’s Church welcomes visitors and I was overwhelmed with the feeling that I had as I entered. I am not religious or spiritual or at least I believe I am not but I did sit for a moment and enjoy the solitude that this church offers in an otherwise frantic buzz just off the busy pavements of a tightly packed traffic and upscale shopping area of our capital. (They are also selling Christmas cards and paper in the entrance.)
Whilst sitting quietly I realised that I was not alone as I could hear snoring……….. and I discovered several men sleeping on the side pews! What a wonderful gesture that the church offers to these people who I can only presume are gents of the road.
Juxtaposed betwixt a Cafe Nero and Maison Assouline what was once the churchyard is now the tranquil Southward Gardens another haven for busy Londoners and visitors. Here I could see others enjoying solitude as much as visitors (and sleepers) to the church relish.
This really is a worthy stop off if you haven’t already discovered St James’s and the beautiful mix of bar, coffee table books and gifts next door in Maison Assouline is worth a gander ~ it has a beautiful atmosphere. I also really enjoyed the market stalls in the churchyard which had a mix of glass, jewellery, scents and other treats.
Thank you St James’s.