The finest street in London: A stroll around St James's

    St james s3
    Ian grover5crop
    26 Jun 2020
    Clock 90min      Length1mi
    Rating
    2 ratings
    Share

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    When King Henry VIII demolished a hospital for sick women to make way for his new hunting lodge, he paved the way for the development of one of London’s greatest gems, the stylish and sophisticated area of St James’s. Over the next 300 years, it became home to the “best sort of people”, where you’d find houses owned by “persons of the highest social rank”.

    St James’s is still where you’ll find some of London’s grandest homes today, along with its finest hotels, bars and restaurants. It also has the oldest luxury shops in the world, and one of its streets boasts more Royal Warrants than any other street in the country. (Royal Warrants are awarded to businesses that supply the royal family.)

    This tour will take you through elegant streets into leafy garden squares and narrow alleyways. Along the way, we’ll see some of London’s most iconic sights and also plenty of hidden gems. Most of all, we’ll hear the stories, scandals and gossip that have all helped to create the unique character of the area that we see today.

    Among the things you’ll see are:

    • A royal palace where you could live if your pockets are deep enough
    • The oldest wine and spirit merchant in the world
    • The shop where you can spend around £17,000 for a pair of shoes
    • London’s only Nazi memorial
    • The Grand Old Duke of York
    • The most decadent nightclub in London
    • The world’s most famous corner shop

    And you’ll hear stories about:

    • A customer of one of London’s most exclusive shops who met a grisly end
    • A famous pop star who arrived for an evening out as naked as the day he was born
    • Daniel Craig’s swimming trunks
    • How King Charles II may well have been an illegitimate child
    • A great military commander who was too short to get on and off his horse
    • The female Member of Parliament who was tempted to poison Winston Churchill
    • The famous Hollywood star who was thrown out into the street for inappropriate behaviour

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy soaking up the unique atmosphere of St James’s with me.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Green Park, St James's Palace, Pall Mall, St James's Square, Jermyn Street, Piccadilly, Fortnum & Mason

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    The tour starts on the south side of Piccadilly, outside Green Park Tube Station. If you're coming by tube, Green Park is served by the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria lines. Start the tour by standing outside the entrance to Green Park with the legendary Ritz Hotel immediately to your left.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Why not finish the tour in style and treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea in Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Don't forget to book in advance.

    Best time of day:

    You can enjoy this tour at any time of day. It can get busy around St James's Palace when the Changing of the Guard is taking place and you can check the schedule on the Household Division website.

    Precautions:

    St James's is generally a very safe part of London but like all big cities the traffic can be very heavy at times. If you're visiting from another country remember that we drive on the left side of the road here. When crossing roads, look both ways carefully before crossing as the traffic may well be coming from the opposite direction from which you are used.

    Comments


    Plus Write a comment

    Missing

    Really interesting tour, just long enough. So much history! Great tour guide also... really knows his stuff, full of fun stories, clear speaker.

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 2 days ago
    Ian grover5crop   

    Thanks for your kind comments I'm really pleased you enjoyed the tour

    Ian Route Creator , 2 days ago

Similar Audio Tours in London

Rachel poop 16compressed2
by The Loo Lady Erickson in London
12 Nov 2014
Ilya loo tour large 7

At Your Convenience: A Lavatorial Walking Tour

Distance 1.5mi
Duration 40min
13 ratings

Plunge yourself into the surprisingly dynamic world of the British Public Toilet. This tour takes you past some of London's most iconic views with a new twist.

Performed by Rachel Erickson (The Loo Lady), Music by Paul Freeman, Guest voices:... More»


Rachel poop 16compressed2
by The Loo Lady Erickson in London
25 Nov 2014
London school of hygiene and tropical medicine

At Your Convenience: History, Health and Hygiene

Distance 1mi
Duration 30min
1 rating

We take toilets (and most other sanitary fixtures) for granted... but there is nothing pre-ordained or natural about them. They reflect deeply ingrained cultural norms.
This walk through Bloomsbury dives into the history of toilets and how we... More»


Volicon
Locicon Gower Street
Bdc0
by Brian Cookson in London
19 Nov 2015
Tower bridge and the gherkin

Southwark: London's Historic Entertainment District

Distance 1mi
Duration 45min
20 ratings

On this walk we follow in the footsteps of Chaucer and Shakespeare across London Bridge to the south bank of the Thames. Here is the district of Southwark, which used to have a murky reputation, as it provided the entertainment, manufacture and... More»