God is a DJ - London's multipurpose churches

Whether you're an atheist, a Catholic, Protestant or Muslim, I think we can all agree on the architectural value of a church. Churches are beautiful buildings, but hard to maintain. That's why some are looking for an alternative income. Why not rent it as a music venue or a corporate networking event?

St John at Hackney (photo: Mike Massaro)

St John at Hackney (photo: Mike Massaro)

St John at Hackney

This church in East London (Hackney) was built in 1792. The classical architecture with its high ceilings and natural light makes it the perfect unique music venue. Past acts were Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Jessie Ware, Jamie XX and many others. The church is also suitable for wedding receptions, art exhibitions, fashion shows, markets, etc. But of course it's still a working church, so there are morning prayers, Sunday services, baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Upcoming events at St John at Hackney / www.stjohnathackney.org.uk

St John at Hackney (photo: Mike Massaro)

St John at Hackney (photo: Mike Massaro)

St Martin in the Fields

Located on Trafalgar Square and home to Londoners and visitors as a place of prayer and worship. St Martin’s has always been innovative in response to changing needs. From London’s first free lending library to the first religious broadcast, St Martin’s has broken new ground in defining what it means to be a church. The Café in the Crypt, which is an ideal place to escape the tourist trail, hosts Wednesday Jazz nights. The church is also known for its classical concerts, but is also open for venue hire. Think meetings, corporate events, conferences and exhibitions.

www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org

St Martin in the Fields (photo: St Martin in the Fields)

St Martin in the Fields (photo: St Martin in the Fields)

St Martin in the Fields (photo: Liam Bailey)

St Martin in the Fields (photo: Liam Bailey)

Union Chapel

"An architectural treasure that's home to a working church, an award winning venue, a unique organ and The Margins Project for those homeless and in crisis in London"

Union Chapel was founded by 26 local residents in 1799 in Islington. Over the past 25 years the Chapel has gone from facing demolition to being Grade I listed and from being virtually abandoned to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors a year. Since 1991 they're hosting concerts and events in a Victorian Gothic archictural beauty. All the money raised goes to the restoration of the building. Some big names have performed at the Chapel: Florence and the machine, Elton John, Patti Smith, Björk, etc.

www.unionchapel.org.uk

Union Chapel (photo: Union Chapel)

Union Chapel (photo: Union Chapel)