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St. John at Hampstead

Location for Weddings and Social Events

St. John at Hampstead, Hampstead, London, NW3 6UU

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 120
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • No
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • 07/01/04

St. John at Hampstead is stands at the west end of Church Row, one of Hampstead’s most notable streets.
A map is available here and there is a website for this location.

Paul Martin has given St. John at Hampstead a rating of 3 out of 5 for indoor photography and a rating of 2 out of 5 for outdoor photography.
Please note that these ratings only relate to the suitability for photography, and do not in any way relate to other facilities and services that may be provided by the St. John at Hampstead.

Comments from Paul Martin:
St John at Hampstead is the parish church, built in 1745, and is one of the most complete Georgian streets in London, with much of its original detail and ironwork still intact. The iron gates are earlier and come from Canons Park in Edgware. Inside the church is a bust of the poet John Keats, who lived in Hampstead before his early death 1821. The painter John Constable and his wife are buried in the wooded churchyard.

I enjoyed the opportunity of photographing a small winter wedding at this historic church. My reportage photography outside on the Georgian street scenes lent towards a predominanatly black & white portrayal. The church courtyard had limited options, but, the benches nearby and the doorwell to the right of the main entrance provided suitable backdrops for more creative photographs.

The interior of St John at Hampstead is stunning; in particular, I loved the many stain glass windows of which I took a few cameo’s. There is plenty room in the church and lighting is good, and, I was able to secure many non-intrusive photographs from the balcony, capturing the important moments of the marriage.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom and their 35 guests were transfered to a wedding reception at the RSA on an old red double-decker London bus. Needless to say, this provided me with further opportunties to capture spontaneous and ‘arty’ compositions, thus giving the resulting images a distinctively ‘London feel’.

St John at Hampstead is a lovely location for a church wedding and for memorable wedding photography.