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St James’s is an exclusive area in the West End of London.

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 centered 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.

St James’s is the home of many of the best known gentlemen’s clubs in London. The clubs found here are organisations of English high society. A variety of groups congregate here, such as royals, military officers, motoring enthusiasts, and other groups.

It is now a predominantly commercial area with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. The auction house Christie’s is based in King Street, and the surrounding streets contain a great many upmarket art and antique dealers.

Office space to rent in St James’s is the most expensive in the world, costing up to five times average rents in New York, Paris and Sydney.

The area is home to fine wine merchants including Berry Brothers and Rudd, at number 3 St James’s Street. Adjoining St James’s Street is Jermyn Street, famous for its many tailors. St James’s is home to some of the most famous cigar retailers in London. At 35 St James’s Street is Davidoff of London, 19 St James’s Street is home to J.J. Fox and 50 Jermyn St has Dunhill; this makes the area a Cuban cigar haven.

The iconic English shoemaker Wildsmith which designed the first ever loafer was located at 41 Duke Street, St, James’s. It is now currently located at 13 Savile Row.

The area has a good number of art galleries, covering a spectrum of tastes. The White Cube gallery, which represents Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, had originally opened in Duke Street, St James’s, then moved to Hoxton Square. In September 2006, it opened a second gallery in St James’s at 25–26 Mason’s Yard, off Duke Street, on a plot previously occupied by an electricity sub-station. The gallery is the first free-standing building to be built in the St James’s area for more than 30 years.


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THE STREETS OF ST JAMES’S
Angel Court, SW1Y Angel Court is named after a long demolished inn of this name.
Bennett Street, SW1A Bennett Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Bury Street, SW1Y Bury Street runs north-to-south from Jermyn Street to King Street, crossing Ryder Street.
King Street, SW1Y King Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Ormond Yard, SW1Y Ormond Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Pall Mall, SW1Y Pall Mall is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Park Place, SW1A Park Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y Piccadilly Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Piccadilly Arcade, W1J Piccadilly Arcade is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Pickering Place, SW1A This is a street in the SW1A postcode area
Princes Arcade, SW1Y Princes Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Rose and Crown Yard, SW1Y Rose and Crown Yard is a road in the SW1Y postcode area
St James Square, SW1Y St James Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
St Jamess Street, SW1A St Jamess Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.


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