Sights & landmarks in St. James's

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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland25,432 contributions
    Piccadilly Circus is the most popular tourist spot in the heart of London.

    The statue of Eros (Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain) is a popular meeting point.

    The iconic advertising screens look stunning. You got a little bit of feeling like being in New York Times Square.

    The square is close to important leisure and shopping areas.
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • Lale B
    36 contributions
    This is one of my favourite street in London.
    I always walk through it every time I go to London. I love all the shops and the energy of the street.
    This is one of the tourist attractions in London which is surrounded by historical buildings.
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,255 contributions
    Love the Bomber Command memorial. It’s a very powerful construction that was unbiased on the Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
    Written 10 July 2022
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  • GAS
    9 contributions
    Lovely very lady as guide, got visitors involved into the conversation, there were interesting contributions from the mixed international group. I think one gent was an art historian, I remember seeing him somewhere. Unusually for UK many features& pieces are restored, not original. Perfect house in a perfect location.
    Shame photography is only allowed in two rooms, but there are plenty of pictures on internet anyway.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • Chris
    St. Albans, UK4,445 contributions
    Interesting fact, Prince Harry’s real name is Henry. Didn’t know until I looked up information on Clarence House after my stroll down The Mall toward Buckingham Palace.

    The official residence of HRH The Prince of Wales, Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocratic houses in London.
    Written 13 September 2019
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  • Brian T
    London, UK5,502 contributions
    St James’s Palace is probably one of the most overlooked of the royal palaces, and this is due to a number of reasons: no one from the royal family lives there permanently; it is generally not open to visitors; and it just doesn’t have the ‘grandeur’ that other royal residences have, such as the likes of nearby Buckingham Palace, or Kensington Palace, or Windsor Castle or Balmoral. Further, from a visual point of view, it’s quite bland and almost unattractive - a pile of red brick with a few archers turrets and chimney pots.

    But aficionados of royalty should at least take a peak at its exteriors. It’s the most senior of the royal palaces. It was built largely between 1531 and 1536 by Henry VIII, and much of the original red-brick building he had erected still survives today, including the gatehouse, some turrets and some surviving Tudor rooms in the State apartments. It was built on the site of a leper hospital dedicated to St James the Less from which it takes its name. The palace was popular between the Tudor and Georgian times, until Queen Victoria moved to Buckingham Palace in 1837.

    And whilst no royals permanently reside there (some use the state apartments as London residences from time to time), it holds an important place in royalty as it is technically regarded as the official residence of the sovereign, though the current monarch lives just across the way. It is the headquarters of the royal court (the Court of St James’s) and of a number of royal organisations. The palace hosts the receptions for the many charities associated with members of the Royal Family, and is the home to ceremonies relating to the Diplomatic Corps.

    The main entrance, the North Gatehouse, is its grandest part, and is located towards the western end of Pall Mall. You will see its two crenellated towers (if you can call them that), with an unusual clock in-between them. Check out the boot-scrapers by the various doors, to take the mud off the shoes of the nobility before sealed pavements became de rigueur. Around the corner in Marlborough Road you’ll be able overlook the courtyards of the palace.

    If you are exploring Royal London, you should include it in your itinerary. And if you are walking The Mall to or from a visit to Buckingham Palace, it’s an easy diversion along Marlborough Road.
    Written 1 March 2021
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  • Corgi_Oh
    OH125 contributions
    So many lovely shops. Mainly geared to men's clothing, but plenty of other places. Fortnum and Mason's is here, too, with several floors of great stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here, especially how polite all the salespeople were.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
    Las Rozas, Spain423 contributions
    Many people don't know that this charming little church is just a few steps from the nerve center of London on Piccadilly.
    In London these small churches are also worth a visit to get an idea of ​​what the typical Anglican churches are like that the faithful who live here usually attend
    It has a small and charming entrance patio in which there are always fair trade markets from different parts of the world.
    The stained glass windows and the interior are nice, not spectacular but with a great feeling of light
    Concerts of classical music and other alternative music are usually held, so it is a good opportunity to spend a pleasant afternoon there.
    Written 9 August 2022
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland25,432 contributions
    Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, popularly known as "Eros", is located in Piccadilly Circus. This striking fountain is surmounted by a winged statue of Anteros.

    The fountain was erected in 1893 to commemorate the philanthropic works of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), the Victorian politician and philanthropist. His biggest achievement was replacing child labor with school education.
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland25,432 contributions
    Through this striking building goes a road and also pedestrian access between The Mall and Trafalgar Square.

    Admiralty Arch was completed in 1912 by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria. In the past, it served as the residence of the First Sea Lord and was used by the Admiralty.

    In 2012, the government sold the building on a 125-year lease for £60m for redevelopment into a Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel which is scheduled to open in 2022.
    Written 8 July 2022
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  • Paul C
    1 contribution
    West end is always interesting to visit wether it's shopping site seeing, or a visit to its many pubs , restaurants , and theatres, there is something for everyone.
    Written 13 July 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,255 contributions
    Nicely set in the middle of the steps leading down to the mall. Majestic setting for these statutes.
    Written 21 May 2019
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,255 contributions
    Very distinguished memorial that is a composite of interesting statutes…. Good central location and worth a viewing.
    Written 23 February 2022
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  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, UK1,453 contributions
    This is one of London's smartest and poshest squares - more commercial than residential. You will likely walk through it if visiting Piccadilly and St James. The main attraction is the private garden in the centre. It is open only on weekdays but is peaceful and very well tended. The foliage resembles that of a sub-tropical garden with a high canopy shading the area. A great place to have a rest or lunch whilst admiring the sculptures.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK157,554 contributions
    This ridiculously tall column and statue is in tribute to Prince Frederick, Duke of York, the second son of King George III. Known mainly as the commander-in-chief of the British Army during the French Revolutionary Wars and for his great debts, it was suggested the height of this column allowed him to escape his creditors. The statue of the duke surmounting the column is so high up that it’s impossible to get a good view.
    Written 29 October 2021
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