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St James’s

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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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Carlton House Terrace

Carlton House Terrace

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THE STREETS OF ST JAMES’S
Albany Courtyard, SW1Y The courtyard is named after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, who in 1791 purchased Melbourne House which stood on this site.
Albany, W1S The Albany is an apartment complex in Piccadilly, divided into apartments in 1802.
Ambassador’s Court, SW1A Ambassador’s Court is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Angel Court, SW1Y Angel Court is named after a long demolished inn of this name.
Apple Tree Yard, SW1Y Apple Tree Yard is thought named after the apple trees formerly to be found here.
Arlington House, SW1A Residential block
Arlington Street, SW1A Arlington Street is named after Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, 17th century statesman and local landowner.
Babmaes Street, SW1Y Babmaes Street was originally called Wells Street.
Bennett Street, SW1A Bennett Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Brachlin Mews, SM2 Brachlin Mews is a location in London.
Bray House, SW1Y Residential block
Burlington Arcade, SW1Y Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade, 179 metres in length, that runs from Piccadilly to Burlington Gardens.
Buross Street, E1 Buross Street is a location in London.
Bury Street, SW1A Bury Street runs north-to-south from Jermyn Street to King Street, crossing Ryder Street.
Bury Street, SW1Y Bury Street runs north-to-south from Jermyn Street to King Street, crossing Ryder Street.
Carlton Gardens, SW1Y Carlton Gardens was developed before 1832.
Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y Carlton House Terrace consists of a pair of terraces - white stucco-faced houses on the south side of the street overlooking St. James’s Park.
Catherine Wheel Yard, SW1A Catherine Wheel Yard is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Charles Ii Street, SW1Y Charles Ii Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Cleveland Road, SW1A Cleveland Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Cleveland Row, SW1A Cleveland Row is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Crown Passage, SW1Y Crown Passage is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Dalmeny Court, SW1Y Dalmeny Court is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Dudley House, W1J Residential block
Duke Of York Street, SW1Y Duke Of York Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Duke Street, SW1Y Duke Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Farringdon Street, W1J Farringdon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
French Railways House, SW1Y Residential block
Germyn Street, SW1Y Germyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Haymarket, SW1Y Haymarket – site of a former market selling hay until the 1830s.
Haymarket, SW1Y A street within the SW1Y postcode
International House, W1S Residential block
Jermyn Street, SW1Y Jermyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Jermyn Street, SW1Y Jermyn Street is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Jewell Street, SE5 Jewell Street is a location in London.
King Street, SW1Y King Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Lower Regent Street, SW1Y Lower Regent Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Marlborough Road, SW1A Marlborough Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Masons Yard, SW1Y Masons Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Masons Yard, SW1Y A street within the SW1Y postcode
New Zealand House, SW1Y Residential block
Old Burlington Street, W1J Old Burlington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S 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 W1J postal area.
Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y Piccadilly Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Piccadilly, SW1Y Piccadilly is one of the main London streets.
Pickering Place, SW1Y Pickering Place is London’s smallest square.
Princes Arcade, SW1Y Princes Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Regent Victoria Path, E2 Regent Victoria Path is a location in London.
Rose and Crown Yard, SW1Y Rose and Crown Yard is a road in the SW1Y postcode area
Royal Opera Arcade, SW1Y Royal Opera Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Russell Court, SW1A Russell Court is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Ryder Street, SW1A Ryder Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Saint James’s Place, SW1A This is a street in the SW1A postcode area
Saint James’s Square, SW1Y This is a street in the SW1Y postcode area
Saint James’s Street, SW1A This is a street in the SW1A postcode area
St James Square, SW1Y St James Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
St Jamess Chambers, SW1Y St Jamess Chambers is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
St Jamess Place, SW1A St Jamess Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
St Jamess Square, SW1Y St James’s Square is the only square in district of St James’s.
St Jamess Street, SW1A St Jamess Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
St James’s Place, SW1A St James’s Place is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Stable Yard Road, SW1A Stable Yard Road is a road in the SW1A postcode area
The Ritz Arcade, W1J The Ritz Arcade is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Thomas Hardy Mews, SW16 Thomas Hardy Mews is a location in London.
Waterloo Place, SW1Y Waterloo Place, a broad extension of Regent Street, is awash with statues and monuments that honour heroes and statesmen of the British Empire. It is framed by palatial buildings designed by John Nash, the famed Regency-era architect and Decimus Burton, his protégé.




LOCAL PHOTOS
William Shakespeare
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Transmission
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The 52 bus
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Broadway SW1
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In the neighbourhood...

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Piccadilly Theatre (2007)
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Buses outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
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London Hippodrome in 2017
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Sectional view of Wyld's Great Globe, which stood in Leicester Square, London 1851–62
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De Hems, 11 Macclesfield Street and the entrance to Horse & Dolphin Yard.
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The Queen’s Theatre in the West End (2011), then showing the musical "Les Misérables"
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Musicians waiting for work on Archer Street.
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Leicester Square (1880)
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Newport Court streetsign
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Entrance to Pickering Place
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