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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?

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.

The Royal Academy of Arts

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

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.

Oddbins

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...

Moo

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!

A. Wong

This upmarket Chinese restaurant is great for a peking duck feast!

Delicias de Portugal

Super favourite amongst locals and professionals in the area. Great selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas, wines, meat and cheese, and take away lunch. Usually the queue starts on the street outside of the shop.

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"The first Scotch egg was not Scotch at all! It was invented in London at Fortnum and Mason and was inspired by North Indian cuisine consisting of hard-boiled egg surrounded by a spicy shell of ground lamb."

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  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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