Many hundreds of years ago, a crypt was built underneath St Giles’. After the original church was destroyed by fire in 1841 the crypt fell out of use. But in the 1960’s, the crypt was refurbished and used as the headquarters for the charity now known as the St Giles’ Trust. The Trust moved to larger premises in the early 1990’s and after a further refurbishment, Friday night jazz in the crypt was born.
With a capacity of 150 people, the ancient crypt deep underneath the Gothic revival architecture of our church is the perfect place to hear jazz. It’s both mysterious and atmospheric and is a unique venue. Run by registered charity Jazz Umbrella, it regularly hosts top jazz musicians from all over the world. Jazz Umbrella have been nominated on many occasions for a variety of jazz awards and honours. Recently they have been awarded an honorary “Freedom of the Old Borough of Camberwell” for work in the local community. So far the crypt has raised over £190,000 for church restoration.
Jazz nights take place every Friday evening and on some Thursday and Saturday evenings. The club has a late licence (2am) on Thursday – Saturday and is available for hire for private events and parties. To fin out more, click here.