Best of St James
St James’s is an area of central London in the City of Westminster. It is bounded to the north by Piccadilly, to the west by Green Park, to the south by The Mall and St James’s Park and to the east by The Haymarket. Not to forget the beautiful St-James Park and the Buckingham Palace, home of the British Queen.
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St James’s was once part of the same royal park as Green Park and St. James’s Park. In the 1660s, Charles II gave the right to develop the area to Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans, who proceeded to develop it as a predominantly aristocratic residential area with a grid of streets centred on St James’s Square.
Until the Second World War, St James’s remained one of the most exclusive residential enclaves in London. Famous residences in St James’s include St James’s Palace, Clarence House, Marlborough House, Lancaster House, Spencer House, Schomberg House and Bridgewater House. It is now a predominantly commercial area with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. Corporate offices in St James’s include the global headquarters of BP and Rio Tinto Group. The auction house Christie’s is based in King Street, and the surrounding streets contain a great many upmarket art and antique dealers.
Saint-James Top 10
Top 10 best attractions to visit in Piccadilly and St James’s include:
- Buckingham Palace
- The Mall
- Royal Academy of Arts
- St-James Park
- Burlington Arcade
- Queen’s Gallery
- Green Park
- St-James Square
- Ritz Hotel
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality, and a major tourist attraction. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.
The Mall and St-James Park
The Mall in London is the road running from Buckingham Palace at its western end to Admiralty Arch and on to Trafalgar Square at its eastern end, where it crosses Spring Gardens, which was where the Metropolitan Board of Works and, for a number of years, the London County Council were based. It is closed to traffic on Sundays and public holidays, and on ceremonial occasions.
The Queen Victoria Memorial is immediately before the gates of the Palace, whilst Admiralty Arch at the far end leads into the Trafalgar Square. St. James’s Park is on the south side of the Mall, opposite Green Park and St. James’s Palace, on the north. Running off the Mall at its eastern end is the Horse Guards Parade, where the ceremony of Trooping the Colour occurs.
St. James’s Park is a 23 hectare (58 acre) park in Westminster, central London, the oldest of the Royal Parks of London. The park lies at the southernmost tip of the St. James’s area, which was named after a leper hospital dedicated to St. James the Less.
St. James’s Park is bounded by Buckingham Palace to the west, The Mall and St. James’s Palace to the North, Horse Guards to the east, and Birdcage Walk to the south. The park has a small lake, St. James’s Park Lake, with two islands, Duck Island (named for the lake’s collection of waterfowl), and West Island. A bridge across the lake affords a view of Buckingham Palace framed by trees and fountains, and a view of the main building of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, similarly framed, to the east.
Pall Mall and St-James Square
Pall Mall is a street in the City of Westminster, London, and parallel to The Mall, from St. James’s Street across Waterloo Place to the Haymarket; while Pall Mall East continues into Trafalgar Square. The street is a major thoroughfare in the St James’s area of London, and a section of the regional A4 road. The name of the street is derived from “pall mall” a mallet-and-ball game that was played there during the 17th century.
St. James’s Square is the only square in the exclusive St James’s district of the City of Westminster. It has predominantly Georgian and neo-Georgian architecture and a private garden in the centre. For its first two hundred or so years it was one of the three or four most fashionable residential address in London, and it is now home to the headquarters of a number of well-known businesses, including BP and Rio Tinto Group, as well as an exclusive club The East India Club. It is also home to The London Library. The square’s main feature is an equestrian statue of William III erected in 1808.
Piccadilly is a major London street, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east. It is completely within the city of Westminster. The street is part of the A4 road, London’s second most important western artery. St. James’s lies to the south of the eastern section of the street, while the western section is built up only on the northern side and overlooks Green Park. The area to the north is Mayfair.