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St James's

A locals' guide to St James's

"Walking along Piccadilly, I love taking in the sites that central London has to offer."

Christopher Sellwood

"The Mall is an iconic landmark framing views of the country's most well known building, Buckingham Palace."

James Blackler

"When you think of the history and pageantry that has happened at Westminster Abbey, it gives you goosebumps!"

Jamie Newson-Love

What is your favourite place?

Where do St James's locals go?

The Royal Academy of Arts

A world-renowned gallery with leading exhibitions such as this one from the defiant Ai Weiwei!

Inn the Park

A fantastic place to watch the world go by, with an outdoor terrace to enjoy sunny days and stunning views of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace.

St James's Square

Beautifully maintained, this garden square is a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of central London - it's amazing how quiet it is!

Parliament Tour

Informative guided and audio tours of the beautiful and ornate parliament building. It's great to see the place in real life, rather than just on the tele!

Pimlico Fresh

Freshly prepared salads and cakes certainly make lunchtimes more appealing...

Tachbrook Street Market

A great street food market open 2 hours every lunchtime.

Hardcore Lobster & More

Perfectly cooked lobster and burgers - a welcome alternative to restaurants serving similar dishes.


As well as selling a wide range of beer, wine and spirits, the Oddbins in Pimlico does free tasting sessions too!

The Goring Hotel

A luxurious spot for upmarket afternoon tea and beautiful rooms for a romantic getaway.

Bateaux London Cruises

A great way to see London with a variety of different cruises along the Thames. You can even opt for Sunday lunch whilst listening to a live jazz band!

St John's Smith Square

If you're a fan of classical music, this stunning venue is a must. The architecture is awe-inspiring too...


The first Argentinian pub to open in the UK, this place serves traditional dishes and South American wines.

Rubens Hotel

An institution over 100 years old, this stunning hotel is beautiful inside - you really are stepping back into a grander era!


One of the best kept secrets in London apparently. The TKTS booth sits in the middle of Leicester Square and is the official ticket reseller for all of London's West End shows. Left over seats are passed to TKTS a few days before each show and sold at a phenomenal discount - sometimes more than half price!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Based on Forest Gump, this lovely shrimp restaurant from the USA has opened its first restaurant in London! Amazing food and the restaurant is decked out just like you're on the film - it has its own gift shop too!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Westminster, Victoria, West End, Pimlico, Mayfair, Soho, Covent Garden, Vauxhall, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge

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"The bronze statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square has an electric current running through it to deter pigeons."

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Child-friendly activities near St James's

Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundays

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Let your under 5s be entertained and informed about different paintings at the National Gallery every Sunday in their Magic Carpet Storytelling workshops. A great way for them to learn and have fun!

Parents and Toddlers Drop in

St. Vincent De Paul Family Project,
A programme of activities for children and parents / carers: Alternative therapies - reflexology, massage, aromatherapy; 1 to 1 support opportunities; Support Groups; Access to visiting professionals. Website

Baby and Toddler Swim

Queen Mother Sports Centre
Queen Mother Sports Centre offers a fantastic selection of facilities and activities. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a swimming adult at all times. A maximum of two under 8's to one adult. Children under 5 years of age swim for free. All children under 3 years of age are required to wear an Aqua Nappy. Website

New Parents Group

Victoria Medical Practice
The New Parents Group with Baby Cafe is a great resource for first time and new mums seeking guidance or companionship for breast feeding newborns. Of course, bottle fed babies are welcome to come and make friends. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and fun! Website

Music and Movement

The Abbey Centre
This is a movement class set to live and recorded music. The tutor sings and plays guitar. Parents and children join in group games and sing familiar children's songs. Toys, equipment and musical instruments are used to tell stories. The class follows a similar format each week. The children join in their own way, so it is suitable for toddlers up until aged five. Website

Marsham Street Nursery

Twins Group ,
We are a friendly team made up of outreach workers, speech and language therapists, link to midwife, dietician and health visitors, a social worker, early years practitioners, Qualified Teachers and more. The centre has been recently refurbished and offers daily activities including courses and events. Website

Stay and Play

Twins Group
Session includes messy play, art activities and a children's snack time. Session ends with a story, songs and rhymes. Website
  1. About St James's

    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. In the 1660s, Charles II gave the right to develop the area to Henry Jermyn 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. The area has a good number of art galleries, covering a spectrum of tastes. Carlton House Terrace is a pair of grand terraces of houses designed by John Nash overlooking St James's Park.

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