St. James's Palace

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St. James's Palace
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About
Built originally for Henry VIII, this building still serves as a business center for royalty (Prince Charles has an office here)and includes the Court of James, where all new monarchs are proclaimed.
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The area
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Neighborhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Green Park • 6 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 8 min walk
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Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
Essential for royal aficionados!
Feb 2021
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 March 1, 2021
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McKenna N
Gainesville, FL119 contributions
Not a must-see, but a good place to catch a Changing of the Guard
Jun 2020
You can't go in St. James's Palace, but it's fun to walk by on the way to Buckingham. Also, if you're in a hurry and can't get to the Changing of the Guard early enough to see, scoot over to St. James' where there's a smaller ceremony immediately following the one at Buckingham.
Written February 17, 2021
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,784 contributions
Palace
Sep 2020
St James's Palace cam be easily located stepping away form the shops or walking from Trafalgar Square its worth locating it looks regal and would be cool to visit.
Written September 29, 2020
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SAD
St. Albans, UK9 contributions
British history
Mar 2019
Historic royal palace, sometimes open to the public for special events. Full of tradition,art and antique furnishings and furniture
Written February 11, 2020
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Sarah R
5 contributions
Ceremony
Oct 2019
Fabulous rooms to host events was at an award ceremony in here was truly stunning, the outside does not do it justice.
Written October 12, 2019
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dinerdon
Bayville, NJ886 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
Interesting building with some history. Not having the splendor associated with royalty but worth a view while walking thru London. Architecture worth a visit. Not open.
Written October 8, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Weird Building
Sep 2019 • Solo
An official Royal Residence for some members of the Royal Family, it certainly isn’t a building worthy of such an honour, especially considering that Buckingham Palace in all its pomp, splendour and glory is just a stone throw away.
Written September 13, 2019
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,397 contributions
Tudor style
Mar 2019
Because it is the official royal residence so you can imagine that the standard is not very bad there. It is not available for tourists so can only be seen from outside and it is stunning.
In my opinion it's one of the oldest palaces in London. It is located on Pall Mall Street, near the park. It is still used by the royal family and its subordinate officials, and therefore remains inaccessible to tourists.
Written August 9, 2019
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Luke67
4 contributions
Official residence of the Queen.
Aug 2018 • Business
The oldest inhabited palace in Britain and the official residence of the Queen (despite the fact that when in London she always stays at Buckingham palace). For my money it's architecturally more interesting than Buckingham palace. A good tip for people wanting to see the changing of the guard is to be outside St James palace by about 10.40 in the morning as the guard change starts at St James at about 10.45. The palace was originally built by King Henry the eighth for his second wife Ann Boleyn but she suffered a severe case of having her head chopped off and didn't live to see it completed.
Written June 15, 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,978 contributions
This is brilliant
May 2019 • Solo
History sitting on all sides of this structure. Build for Henry 8th and in Marlborough Street just down from Buckingham Palace and near St.James Park. Well worth a visit.
Written May 17, 2019
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