AddressRussell Street
Covent Garden
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The Church of Scotland has been active in London since the time of James VI, King of Scots, who became King James I of England in 1603.

There is some evidence that courtiers of the King who had followed him from Scotland worshipped in a chapel in the precincts of the old Whitehall Palace. This site became known as "Scotland Yard" and subsequently housed the original offices of the Metropolitan Police.

The first formal records of what is now Crown Court Church date from 1711. However, it is clear that the congregation existed somewhat earlier than that, possibly becoming established around the time of the Union of the Parliaments in 1707. The original congregation met in St Peter’s Court, off St. Martin’s Lane, and grew steadily as the number of Scots in London increased.

In 1719 this Scottish Kirk moved to a new location in Covent Garden, where it has remained ever since, with the present building replacing the original in 1909. The title "Crown Court Church" is drawn from the name of this site, although it also looks back to the Union of the Crowns of 1603.

Each year Crown Court Church holds a series of concerts and recitals, featuring both instrumental and vocal performers from all over the world. The size and acoustic of the church is especially good for smaller ensembles and this is reflected in many of the programmes with a strong emphasis on baroque music and solo performances.

The concerts are always of an excellent standard, frequently featuring undiscovered but highly talented performers, and are well worth hearing.

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