James's is an area of central London in the
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.
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
centred on St James's
Until the Second World War
, St James's
remained one of the most exclusive residential enclaves in London.
residences in St James's include St James's Palace, Clarence
House, Marlborough House, Lancaster
House, Spencer House,
House and Bridgewater
It is now a predominantly commercial area with
some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world.
Corporate offices in St James's include the global headquarters of
and Rio Tinto
. The auction house Christie's
is based in King Street, and the surrounding streets contain a
great many upmarket art and antique dealers.
St James's is also the home of many of the best known gentlemen's club
in London, and
is sometimes, though not as often as formerly, referred to as
". The "clubs" found here are organisations
high society. A variety of groups
congregate here, such as: royals
, and other groups.
Club, traditional meeting place for members of the
Conservative Party, was
struck by an IRA
of London's gentlemen's clubs
. In a similar vein, the area is also home
to fine wine merchants Justerini and Brooks
and Berry Brothers and Rudd,
at numbers 61 and 3 St James's Street respectively. Adjoining St James's
Street is Jermyn
Street, famous for its many tailors.
St James's is
also famous for being 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 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
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, designed by MRJ
Rundell & Associates
, is the first free-standing building
to be built in the St James's area for more than 30 years.
is headquartered in St. James's.
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