London area of St James's guide

What to do and where to stay in London's St James's neighbourhood

Once the London home of the very wealthiest members of the British aristocracy, almost every building lining the streets of St. James’s is a palace – though now most play host to corporate headquarters and grand hotels rather than famous families. Pall Mall is the home of London’s gentleman’s clubs, in whose backrooms the new aristocracy of newspaper editors, CEOs, generals and investment bankers swig brandy and make insider deals. Their expensive tastes are catered to by the exclusive boutiques, delicatessens and tailors of Jermyn Street, and the grand theatres of Haymarket. To the south, St. James’s Park is one of the loveliest of the Royal parks, full of semi-tame wildlife and landscaped gardens. Stand on the bridge in the middle of the lake for a perfect London view, with Buckingham Palace on one side, and the palaces of Whitehall on the other.

See our recommended nearby St James's Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

St James's Hotels

in or near St James's
Dukes Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
St James's Place, SW1A
Dukes is worth a visit for its legendary bar alone where a signature martini is a must. The club atmosphere befits the well-heeled St James's location ... More
 
 
 
Cavendish London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
81 Jermyn Street, SW1Y
Situated on prestigious Jermyn Street, in the heart of Piccadilly, the 4 star deluxe Cavendish Hotel is perfectly located for London's theatres, shops and arts. It ... More
 
 
 
Sofitel London St James Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
6 Waterloo Place, SW1Y
Located in a Grade II listed building, in the former home of Cox's and King's bank, the Sofitel St James is an exceptional five star hotel ... More
 
 
 

St James's Events

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The 39 Steps
London > Events > Theatre
Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, St James's, London SW1Y
Hitchcock's 1935 movie is a masterpiece of sustained adventure, as the hero - framed for murder - becomes both pursuer and prey for a shadowy international ... More
 
 
 
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The Phantom of the Opera
London > Events > Theatre
Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, St James's, London SW1Y
Andrew Lloyd Webber's most enduring hit has been running since 1984 and is still as popular with audiences and critics as it ever was. Phantom of ... More
 
 
 
ROI Workshops: Compositions On An Urban Theme
London > Events > Exhibitions
Mall Galleries, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y
Create an interpretation of photographic resources.... More
 
 
 

St James's Entertainment

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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, St James's, London W1V
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
 
 
 
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Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, St James's, London SW1Y
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 
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Prince of Wales Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Coventry Street, St James's, London W1D
Theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The ... More
 
 
 

St James's Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near St James's
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Clarence House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St James's Palace, St James's, London SW1
The home of the Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002, a tour of Clarence House is an excellent way of experiencing the living history of the ... More
 
 
 
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The Royal Society
London > Attractions > Venue Hire
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London SW1Y
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White Cube Mason's Yard
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
25-26 Mason's Yard, Off Duke Street, St James's, London SW1Y
In 2000, Jay Jopling's pioneering White Cube gallery - the spiritual home of the Young British Artists - upped sticks from its original home in St ... More
 
 
 

St James's Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's St James's
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Lock & Co
London > Shopping > Clothing
6 St James's Street, St James's, London SW1A
Founded in 1676, for centuries Lock & Co. has been the place to shop for a top hat if you're off to Ascot. The quaint shop ... More
 
 
 
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John Lobb
London > Shopping > Shoes
9 St James's Street, St James's, London SW1A
This historic bootmakers in St James's, set up in 1849, may be steeped in history but it's still the place to go for top quality tailor-made ... More
 
 
 
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Berry Bros & Rudd
London > Shopping > Wine Merchants
3 St James's Street, St James's, London SW1A
300-year-old wine emporium. From £5 bottles of Berry’s Good Ordinary Claret to £7000 bottles of Romanée Conti this historic wine emporium has something to suit every palate. ... More
 
 
 

St James's Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near St James's London?
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
21 Crown Passage, St James's, London SW1Y
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Il Vicolo
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
3-4 Crown Passage, Pall Mall, , St James's, London SW1Y
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Avenue Restaurant and Bar
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
7-9 St James's Street, St James's, London SW1A
Once a chic, minimalist St James's eatery branded a 'Scenster' restaurant by Tatler in the '90s, Avenue was relaunched in February 2014 with a new look ... More
 
 
 

St James's Pubs

The best pubs in or near London St James's.
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The Reform Club
London > Nightlife > Pubs
104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y
Located in the heart of London's traditional Clubland in Pall Mall, The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and was membership was initially restricted to those who ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, St James's, London W1D
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, St James's, London W1D
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 

St James's Nightlife

St James's clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Dukes Hotel: Cognac and Cigar Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A
Famous for its martinis - a favourite with James Bond author Ian Fleming - Dukes Hotel extends its drinking area to include an outdoor Cognac and ... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Contemporary Art Bar & Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y
The Institute of Contemporary Art on The Mall (just down the road from the Queen's pad) is a great place for a trendy drink after taking ... More
 
 
 
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Fortnum & Mason: 1707 Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
181 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1A
The Fortnum's wine bar has had a makeover as part of the store's refurbishment in 2007, three hundred years after this grand old department store first ... More
 
 
 

St James's Leisure

St James's gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Catalyst Health and Fitness Ltd
London > Leisure > Fitness
30 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y
Catalyst personal trainers are among the best in London. Get fit without doing yourself an injury, lose weight with a specially devised programme or build your ... More
 
 
 
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
 
 
 
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Green Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J
Although many of the parks in London are officially owned by the sovereign, it is the four central London parks (one of which is Green Park) ... More
 
 
 

St James's Education

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Royal College of Pathologists
London > Education > Professional Training
2 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London SW1Y
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St James's Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near St James's.
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Spencer House
London > Business > Venue Hire
27 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A
Spencer family's 18th London residence. The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926. Following ... More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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