Bankside House

24 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9JA, United Kingdom
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Evensong in or around London

by dnwitte

Where (and when) would one attend the most beautifully sung Evensong in London, or within an easygoing daytrip from London?

Re: Evensong in or around London

by leics

'Beautifully sung' depends on your preferences.

Our cathedrals have choir schools attached. If your visit is in termtime then the boys (sometimes girls too) of the choir school will sing Evensong, along with other members of the choir.

If you visit outside termtime there are often visiting choirs to sing.

I recommend either Westminster Abbey: ('quire' is 'choir')

and/or St Paul's:

You will notice that both Evensongs are around 1500.

If you want a daytrip too, then do go to Winchester. It is a lovely historical city, with a most beautiful Medieval cathedral (and a choir school). Evensong there is at 1530:

or to Cambridge, where you can attend Evensong sung by King's College Choir at 1730:

Train times, details and fares on www.nationalrail,

Re: Evensong in or around London

by ranger49

St Pauls - Westminster Abbey - and far too many other churches to mention. You will need to look at individual church web sites for times- usually best on Sunday - all easily found on google.

Re: Evensong in or around London

by MacedonianUK

I second Kings College Cambridge..
you can easely get train from KingsCross/St Pancras or from Liverpool St. Takes 52 min to Cambridge railway station.
From there take bus #5 and get out at the Post office, from there is an short walk , around 5 min, across the market to Kings College...

Re: Evensong in or around London

by christine.j

Another vote for Cambridge, but check before you go if the choir is scheduled for that day.
On the other hand, if they're not singing, at least you see beautiful Cambridge.

Re: Evensong in or around London

by dnwitte

Thanks guys.
I'm actually asking on behalf of a friend who already been to St Paul's and found the quality of the singing a bit 'meh' and the church itself very cold. She has already been to King's. As for depending on one's preferences, I'm asking from the perspective a professional Anglican choirmaster, and for me it's about immaculate ensemble and flawless tuning. English choirs have been setting the global standard for 500 years.
Any thoughts on Westminster Abbey, Salisbury, or Canterbury Cathedral?

Re: Evensong in or around London

by christine.j

Probably too far from London, but I listened to Evensong in York cathedral some time ago and it was wonderful.

Re: Evensong in or around London

by ranger49

I don't think you have mentioned when your friend plans to visit - but remember choral services may be suspended during Lent and only resumed on Maundy Thursday, 21st April this year.

Re: Evensong in or around London

by dnwitte

Excellent tip. Thanks.

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Connected in London

by Naftali

I don't have specific experience in London, with mobile phones, but having done extensive traveling in Israel, I have always used a phone from Talk n Save. I was able to keep an American number as well as a local Israeli number and often was offered a 2 for 1 deal, which kept my wife and I in contact. I recently saw that they are now in the UK, you can try their website.

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Stay above ground .. avoid the...

by tazmaniak

Stay above ground .. avoid the tube and walk, walk, walk. London may be Europe's largest city but the area that most tourists visit is compact and its worth walking to see as much as possible. Plus the underground can be aweful and slow. Walking across Waterloo bridge at any time with the City (financial area) and St Paul's Cathedral on one side, Westminster and the West End on the other. Its a fabulous site during the day and especially at night.

Jump Ball

by Yudhis

Looking for a place to shoot some hoops, well all you have to do find nine of team mates and booked the gym for the game.

We booked this gym, SPACE (Sports and Performing Arts Centre) at Hackney area. Great court. Although too many lines in the floor can get very confusing. We booked the court on Sunday for two hours, about 46 pound. So the more the merrier if you want to save money.

Located between Liverpool Street and Old Street tube stations SPACe is located next door to Hackney Community College.

31 Falkirk Street, Hackney, London
N1 6HF

Save enough money to have one...

by londonbabe

Save enough money to have one very good meal.
London has pretty much the widest variety of foods available anywhere, from Moroccan to Carribean, Polish/Mexican (I kid you not) to Lebanese. But the top French and Italian restaurants, like Mirabelle and Zafferano, truly shine.
Gordon Ramsey gets most of the press, and his signature restaurants in Chelsea or Claridges definitely have some of the best food in London. But there's no need to spend £100+ a head - more recent opening such as Racine serve fantastic food at reasonable prices.
And of course, the venues themselves may be one of the great memories of your visit: the view over the Thames from the Oxo Tower, the glittering golden mosaics of the Criterion Brasserie (pic), the Art Deco ballroom of the Atlantic or the outstanding modern design of Bank with its curved ceiling of thousands of panes of glass.

Fen's local custom

by Fen

This customary tip goes back to the 16th century when all fellow VT travelers that came to London had to buy a drink for his fellow VT'er. (Its a fact...! haha)
So anyone wishing to come to London should happily let Fen know and arrange a time to meet for a drink.


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