Christ Church: Sunday evening.

Christ Church

Sunday evening, Christ Church Spitalfields, transformed by dramatic light – warm red and magenta pink. Moths to light, we are drawn in.

Young church activists welcome us. They’re keen to engage with us the area’s dramatic influx of students and visitors. And it worked; we are almost persuaded to stay for what seems likely to be a lively event, far removed from the traditional church service for which it was intended. The church building was constructed between 1714-1729 to designs by Sir Nicholas Hawksmoor, former apprentice to Sir Christopher Wren. Although altered several times in its history it has since 1970 been slowly restored to its original form: while refurbishment of the crypt, to form a performance space, cafe and gallery, has just been completed to design by Dow Jones Architects.

We ironically noted that, while the church has, painstakingly and at great cost, been returned to its original 18th century form, its use has altered significantly. In what way does this make sense?