Geography and Character

St Andrew's Church

The current church building dates back to 1873, when the area was indeed surrounded by fields - hence the name. In 2012 it was substantially renewed allowing for the addition of a full catering kitchen, a shower, café and lift access to three floors which house classrooms and office space. There is full disabled access including a disabled loo and lift, and a hearing loop. More recently the lighting system has been upgraded with low energy bulbs that also showcase the space, as has the audio-visual system to enhance our streaming capabilities. There is a projector and screen which is used for liturgy and hymns week by week.

The restored interior of the church provides a beautiful sanctuary for worship. The Lady Chapel is widely used for smaller gatherings.

The Star Centre at the west end and directly connected to the church provides light and airy spaces incorporating the cafe/ hall area, parish office, community room and educational space. The full height glass screen incorporates sliding panels allowing the community area to partially connect with the church sanctuary enabling congregation overflow when required and a more private place for parents to breastfeed babies.

The main church space is served by chairs and benches, maximising the versatility possible. Many groups and organisations rent out this space, including a dance school, various self help groups, local community gatherings, concerts and the local school. We have a long-term relationship with IntoUniversity who lease office and classroom space from the church. Further income is gained from housing a telecoms mast in the spire.

The vicarage is only metres from the back entrance to the church. It is a late Victorian (1890s) 3 storey town house with 4/5 bedrooms, a cellar for storage and a small paved back garden. Parking is on street with resident parking bays managed by permit.

Photo: A view of the Star Centre from within the church

Photos above: The view from the Cafe into the church, the parish boundary map and the vicarage.

Transport Links

The parish is very accessible to central London, having major bus routes running through and adjacent. It also includes two tube stations: Barons Court (Piccadilly & District) and West Kensington (District). West Brompton Station (District and Overground) is also within walking distance. The West End, Theatre land & Westminster are only 20 minutes away. North End Road is the major shopping street within the area, with a daily market and many shopping outlets and eating places.