The Ritz Arcade, SW1A

Shopping Parade in/near St James’s, existing between 1906 and now

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The Ritz Arcade lies outside The Ritz Hotel.

This up-market shopping arcade, on Piccadilly, was built to "represent an evocative confluence of various Parisian architectural traditions". The Piccadilly facade resembles the arcaded ground floor in the Place Vendrome and the Rue de Rivoli. The Green Park facade echoes Hector Lefuel’s work on the Pavillon de Flore of the Louvre.


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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Dec 2020 00:24 GMT   

Othello takes a bow
On 1 November 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time, at The Palace of Whitehall. The palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. Seven years to the day, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was also presented for the first time, and also at the Palace of Whitehall.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Linda Webb   
Added: 27 Sep 2021 05:51 GMT   

Hungerford Stairs
In 1794 my ancestor, George Webb, Clay Pipe Maker, lived in Hungerford Stairs, Strand. Source: Wakefields Merchant & Tradesmens General Directory London Westminster 1794

Source: Hungerford Stairs

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TUM   
Added: 27 Aug 2022 10:22 GMT   

The Underground Map
Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer at the Royal Institute, London.

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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 07:17 GMT   

Smithy in Longacre
John Burris 1802-1848 Listed 1841 census as Burroughs was a blacksmith, address just given as Longacre.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:41 GMT   

Baker Street
Baker Street station opened on the Metropolitan Railway - the world’s first underground line.

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Born here
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Added: 17 Feb 2021 15:05 GMT   

Birth place
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

Source: www.violettrefusis.com

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Scott Hatton   
Added: 30 Jan 2023 11:28 GMT   

The Beatles on a London rooftop
The Beatles’ rooftop concert took place on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building in London. It was their final public performance as a band and was unannounced, attracting a crowd of onlookers. The concert lasted for 42 minutes and included nine songs. The concert is remembered as a seminal moment in the history of rock music and remains one of the most famous rock performances of all time.

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Julian    
Added: 23 Mar 2021 10:11 GMT   

Dennis Potter
Author Dennis Potter lived in Collingwood House in the 1970’s

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Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

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Pauline jones   
Added: 16 Oct 2017 19:04 GMT   

Bessborough Place, SW1V
I grew up in bessborough place at the back of our house and Grosvenor road and bessborough gardens was a fantastic playground called trinity mews it had a paddling pool sandpit football area and various things to climb on, such as a train , slide also as Wendy house. There were plants surrounding this wonderful play area, two playground attendants ,also a shelter for when it rained. The children were constantly told off by the playground keepers for touching the plants or kicking the ball out of the permitted area, there was hopscotch as well, all these play items were brick apart from the slide. Pollock was the centre of my universe and I felt sorry and still do for anyone not being born there. To this day I miss it and constantly look for images of the streets around there, my sister and me often go back to take a clumped of our beloved London. The stucco houses were a feature and the backs of the houses enabled parents to see thier children playing.

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Richard Roques   
Added: 21 Jan 2021 16:53 GMT   

Buckingham Street residents
Here in Buckingham Street lived Samuel Pepys the diarist, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling

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Justin Russ   
Added: 15 Feb 2021 20:25 GMT   

Binney Street, W1K
Binney St was previously named Thomas Street before the 1950’s. Before the 1840’s (approx.) it was named Bird St both above and below Oxford St.

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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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Lynette beardwood   
Added: 29 Nov 2022 20:53 GMT   

Spy’s Club
Topham’s Hotel at 24-28 Ebury Street was called the Ebury Court Hotel. Its first proprietor was a Mrs Topham. In WW2 it was a favourite watering hole for the various intelligence organisations based in the Pimlico area. The first woman infiltrated into France in 1942, FANY Yvonne Rudellat, was recruited by the Special Operations Executive while working there. She died in Bergen Belsen in April 1945.

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Scott Hatton   
Added: 30 Jan 2023 11:28 GMT   

The Beatles on a London rooftop
The Beatles’ rooftop concert took place on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building in London. It was their final public performance as a band and was unannounced, attracting a crowd of onlookers. The concert lasted for 42 minutes and included nine songs. The concert is remembered as a seminal moment in the history of rock music and remains one of the most famous rock performances of all time.

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Michael Upham   
Added: 16 Jan 2023 21:16 GMT   

Bala Place, SE16
My grandfather was born at 2 Bala Place.

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Added: 15 Jan 2023 09:49 GMT   

The Bombing of Nant Street WW2
My uncle with his young son and baby daughter were killed in the bombing of Nant Street in WW2. His wife had gone to be with her mother whilst the bombing of the area was taking place, and so survived. Cannot imagine how she felt when she returned to see her home flattened and to be told of the death of her husband and children.


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Brian J MacIntyre   
Added: 8 Jan 2023 17:27 GMT   

Malcolm Davey at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square
My former partner, actor Malcolm Davey, lived at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square, for many years until his death. He was a wonderful human being and an even better friend. A somewhat underrated actor, but loved by many, including myself. I miss you terribly, Malcolm. Here’s to you and to History, our favourite subject.
Love Always - Brian J MacIntyre
Minnesota, USA

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Robert Burns   
Added: 5 Jan 2023 17:46 GMT   

1 Abourne Street
My mother, and my Aunt and my Aunt’s family lived at number 1 Abourne Street.
I remember visitingn my aunt Win Housego, and the Housego family there. If I remember correctly virtually opposite number 1, onthe corner was the Lord Amberley pub.

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Added: 30 Dec 2022 21:41 GMT   

Southam Street, W10
do any one remember J&A DEMOLITON at harrow rd kensal green my dad work for them in a aec 6 wheel tipper got a photo of him in it

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Fumblina   
Added: 26 Dec 2022 18:59 GMT   

Detailed history of Red Lion
I’m not the author but this blog by Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms has loads of really clear information about the history of the Red Lion which people might appreciate.


Source: ‘Professor Morris’ and the Red Lion, Kilburn

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BG   
Added: 20 Dec 2022 02:58 GMT   

Lancing Street, NW1
LANCING STREET

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An Omnibus Ride to Piccadilly Circus An Omnibus Ride to Piccadilly Circus, Mr Gladstone Travelling with Ordinary Passengers, 1885
Down Street Down Street, also known as Down Street (Mayfair), is a disused station on the London Underground, located in Mayfair.
Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly.
RAF Bomber Command Memorial The Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial is a memorial commemorating the crews of RAF Bomber Command who embarked on missions during the Second World War.
Royal Air Force Club The Royal Air Force Club (often referred to as the RAF Club) is situated at 128 Piccadilly.
Royal Institution The Royal Institution of Great Britain (Royal Institution) is an organisation for scientific education and research, based in the City of Westminster.
Shepherd Market Shepherd Market was described by Arthur Bingham Walkley in 1925 as one of the oddest incongruities in London.
St James’s St James’s is an exclusive area in the West End of London.
The Athenaeum Hotel The Athenaeum is a family-owned five-star hotel overlooking Green Park.

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Academy House, W1S Academy House is located on Sackville Street.
Air Street, SW1Y Air Street was the most westerly street in London when newly built in 1658.
Air Street, W1B Air Street’s name is believed to be a corruption of ‘Ayres’, after Thomas Ayre, a local brewer and resident in the 17th century.
Albany Courtyard, SW1Y The courtyard is named after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, who in 1791 purchased Melbourne House which stood on this site.
Albany, W1B The Albany is an apartment complex in Piccadilly, established in 1802.
Albemarle Street, W1S Albemarle Street takes its name from the second Duke of Albermarle, son of General Monk.
Ambassador’s Court, SW1A Ambassador’s Court is a block on Ambassador’s Court.
Ambassador’s Court, SW1A Ambassador’s Court is part of the St James’s Palace complex.
Ancaster House, W1J Ancaster House is a block on Chesterfield Gardens.
Angel Court, SW1Y Angel Court is named after a long demolished inn of this name.
Apple Tree Yard, SW1Y Apple Tree Yard is thought named after the apple trees formerly to be found here.
Archibald Mews, W1J Archibald Mews was formerly John Court, after local landowner John, Lord Berkeley.
Arlington House, SW1A Arlington House is now part of an exclusive residential development.
Arlington Street, SW1A Arlington Street is named after Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, 17th century statesman and local landowner.
Ashburton Place, W1J Ashburton Place connects Clarges Street and Bolton Street.
Audley Court, W1J Audley Court is a block on Hill Street.
Babmaes Street, SW1Y Babmaes Street was originally called Wells Street.
Barlow Place, W1S This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Bennet Street, SW1A Bennet Street lies off St James’s Street.
Bennett House, SW1A Bennett House is located on Bennet Street.
Berger House, W1J Berger House is a block on Berkeley Square.
Berkeley House, W1J Berkeley House is a block on Hay Hill.
Berkeley Square House, W1J Berkeley Square House is a building on Berkeley Square.
Berkeley Square, W1J Berkeley Square was originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent.
Berkeley Street, W1J Berkeley Street runs from Piccadilly to Berkeley Square.
Birkett House, W1S Birkett House is a block on Albemarle Street.
Blue Ball Yard, SW1A Blue Ball Yard is first mentioned in 1672 when its site was sold by King Charles II.
Bolton Street, W1J Bolton Street runs from Curzon Street in the north to Piccadilly in the south.
Bourdon Street, W1J Bourdon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Brick Street, W1J Brick Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Bridgewater House, SW1A Bridgewater House is a block on Cleveland Row.
Broughton House, W1S Broughton House is located on Sackville Street.
Bruton Lane, W1S Bruton Lane is a road in the W1S postcode area
Bruton Place, W1J Bruton Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Bruton Street, W1S Bruton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Burlington Arcade, SW1Y Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade, 179 metres in length, that runs from Piccadilly to Burlington Gardens.
Burlington Gardens, W1J Burlington Gardens, with houses dating from 1725, was laid out on land that was once part of the Burlington Estate.
Bury Street, SW1A Bury Street runs north-to-south from Jermyn Street to King Street, crossing Ryder Street.
Carlton Gardens, SW1Y Carlton Gardens was developed before 1832.
Carrington Street, W1J Carrington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Catherine Wheel Yard, SW1A Catherine Wheel Yard is named after an inn that stood on this site until it burnt down in 1895.
Charles II Street, SW1Y Charles II Street is named for the ’Merry Monarch’.
Charles Street, W1J Charles Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Chatham House, SW1Y Chatham House is a building on St James’s Square.
Chesterfield Gardens, W1J Chesterfield Gardens is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Chesterfield Street, W1J Chesterfield Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Church Place, SW1Y Church Place was named after the adjacent St James’s Church, Piccadilly.
Clarges Mews, W1J Clarges Mews is a mews at the top of Clarges Street.
Clarges Street, W1J Clarges Street runs north from Piccadilly.
Cleveland Row, SW1A Cleveland Row – after Cleveland House (now Bridgwater House), named for Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland who lived there in the late 17th century.
Cleveland Yard, SW1Y Cleveland Yard is now the site of Cleveland Place.
Clifford Street, W1S Clifford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Clydesdale Bank House, W1J Clydesdale Bank House is a block on Piccadilly.
Colette House, W1J Colette House is a block on Piccadilly.
Connaught House, W1K Connaught House is sited on Davies Street.
Copus House, W1K Copus House is a block on Mount Street.
Cork Street, W1S Cork Street, on the Burlington Estate, was named after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork.
Crown Passage, SW1A Crown Passage is thought to be after a former tavern of the name.
Curzon Street, W1J Curzon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Curzonfield House, W1J Curzonfield House is a building on Curzon Street.
Dalmeny Court, SW1Y Dalmeny Court is a block on Duke Street.
Dartmouth House, W1J Dartmouth House is a block on Charles Street.
Denman House, W1J Denman House is a block on Piccadilly.
Denman Street, W1D Denman Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Devonshire House, W1J Devonshire House is a block on Piccadilly.
Dover Street, W1J Dover Street is notable for its Georgian architecture as well as the location of historic London clubs and hotels.
Down Street Mews, W1J Down Street Mews is a largely hidden side street in Mayfair.
Down Street, W1J Down Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Dudley House, SW1A Dudley House is situated at 169 Piccadilly.
Duke Of York Street, SW1Y Duke Of York Street runs between Jermyn Street and St James’s Square.
Duke Street St James’s, SW1Y Duke Street St James’s is named after James II, Duke of York when the street was built and brother to Charles II, king at the time.
Eagle Place, SW1Y Eagle Place lies off Piccadilly.
Egyptian House, W1J Egyptian House is a block on Piccadilly.
Empire House, W1J Empire House is a block on Piccadilly.
Eon House, W1K Eon House is a block on Piccadilly.
Farm House, W1J Farm House is located on Farm Street.
Farm Street, W1J Farm Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Fitzmaurice Place, W1J Fitzmaurice Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
French Railway House, SW1Y French Railway House occupies 178-180 Piccadilly.
French Railways House, W1J French Railways House is a building on Piccadilly.
Garrick House, W1J Residential block
Glasshouse Street, W1B Glasshouse Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Glendore House, W1J Glendore House is a block on Clarges Street.
Gossard House, W1S Gossard House is a building on Savile Row.
Grafton Street, W1S Grafton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Grosvenor Hill Court, W1K Grosvenor Hill Court is a block on Bourdon Street.
Half Moon Street, W1J Half Moon Street runs between Piccadilly and Curzon Street.
Hay Hill, W1S Hay Hill is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Hay’s Mews, W1J This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Heddon Street, W1B Heddon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Heddon Street, W1B Heddon Street is a road in the W1S postcode area
Hertford Street, W1J Hertford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Hill Street, W1J Hill Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Jermyn Street, SW1Y Jermyn Street is the main east-west road of St James’s.
John Street, W1F John Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
King Street, SW1Y King Street leads from St James’s Street to St James’s Square.
Landsdowne Row, W1J Landsdowne Row is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Lansdowne House, W1J Lansdowne House is a block on Berkeley Square.
Lansdowne Row, W1J Lansdowne Row is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Little St James’s Street, SW1A Little St James’s Street is a turning off of St James’s Street proper.
Lower John Street, W1F Lower John Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Lower Regent Street, SW1Y Lower Regent Street is the name for the part of Regent Street which lies south of Piccadilly Circus.
Malta House, W1J Malta House is a building on Piccadilly.
Market Mews, W1J Market Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Marlborough Road, SW1Y Marlborough Road was named after the adjacent Marlborough House, built for Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough in 1711.
Masons Yard, SW1Y Mason’s Yard was named for the local 18th century victualler Henry Mason.
Mayfair Building, W1J Mayfair Building is sited on Farm Street.
Mayfair Place, W1J Mayfair Place runs behind Devonshire House.
Mayfayre House, W1J Mayfayre House is a block on Shepherd Street.
Meadows House, W1J Meadows House is a block on Queen Street.
Mount Row, W1K Mount Row was formed from two stable yards.
Mount Street Mews, W1 Mount Street Mews is a road in the W1K postcode area
Nightingale House, W1J Nightingale House is a block on Curzon Street.
Nuffield House, W1J Nuffield House is located on Piccadilly.
Old Bond Street, W1J Old Bond Street was named for Sir Thomas Bond, a property developer from Peckham who laid out a number of streets in this part of the West End.
Old Burlington Street, W1J Old Burlington Street connects Burlington Gardens and Clifford Street.
Old Park Lane, W1J Old Park Lane is a road in the W1J postcode area
Ormond Yard, SW1Y Ormond Yard was named after James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, who owned a house next to this yard in the 17th century.
OverSeas House, SW1A OverSeas House is a block on Park Place.
Pall Mall, SW1Y Pall Mall was laid out as grounds for playing pall mall in the 17th century.
Park Place, SW1A Park Place is named after nearby Green Park.
Park Towers, W1J Park Towers is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y Piccadilly Arcade was named after Piccadilly Hall, home of local tailor Robert Baker in the 17th century.
Piccadilly Circus, W1J Piccadilly Circus was laid out by John Nash in 1819.
Piccadilly Place, SW1Y Piccadilly Place is an alleyway leading to Vine Street.
Piccadilly, SW1Y Piccadilly is one of the main London streets.
Piccadilly, W1J Piccadilly is a major road in the West End.
Pickering Place, SW1Y Thought to be the smallest public open space in London, Pickering Place is perhaps most famous for being the location of the last public duel in England.
Pickering Place, SW1Y Pickering Place is London’s smallest square.
Pollen Street, W1S Pollen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Princes Arcade, SW1Y Princes Arcade, built 1929–33, was named after the former Prince’s Hotel, which stood here.
Queen Street, W1J Queen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Red Wolf House, W1J Red Wolf House is a block on Bolton Street.
Regency House, W1B Regency House is sited on Warwick Street.
Rose and Crown Yard, SW1Y Rose and Crown Yard was probably named after a former inn of this name.
Royal Arcade, W1S Royal Arcade is an alleyway of exclusive shops.
Royalty House, W1S Royalty House is a block on Sackville Street.
Russell Court, SW1A Russell Court is named after the Russell family, who lived here in the 1600s.
Ryder Street, SW1A Ryder Street was named after Richard Rider, Master Carpenter to Charles II.
Ryger House, SW1A Ryger House is located on Arlington Street.
Sackville Street, W1B Sackville Street runs north from Piccadilly.
Savile House, W1J Savile House is a block on Berkeley Street.
Savile Row, W1S Savile Row is known worldwide for gentlemen’s tailoring.
Scandia House, W1S Scandia House is a building on Albemarle Street.
Shepherd Market, W1J Shepherd Market was developed between 1735 and 1746 by Edward Shepherd from an open area called Brook Field
Shepherd Street, W1J Shepherd Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Sherwood Street, W1F Sherwood Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Spencer House, SW1A Spencer House is a block on St James’s Place.
St James’s Chambers, SW1Y St James’s Chambers is a block located at 9 Ryder Street.
St James’s Square, SW1Y St James’s Square is the only square in the district of St James’s.
St James’s Place, SW1A St James’s Place runs west from St James’s Street.
St James’s Street, SW1A St James’s Street is a main road of the West End running from Pall Mall to Piccadilly.
Stable Yard Road, SW1A Stable Yard Road leads from The Mall to Clarence House.
Stafford House, W1S Stafford House is sited on Stafford Street.
Stafford Street, W1S Stafford Street is named after Margaret Stafford, partner of developer Sir Thomas Bond who built on this site in the seventeenth century.
Standbrook House, W1S Standbrook House is a block on Old Bond Street.
Stanhope Row, W1J Stanhope Row is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Stratton House, W1J Stratton House is a block on Stratton Street.
Stratton Street, W1J Stratton Street forms an L shape between Piccadilly and Berkeley Street.
Swallow Street, SW1Y Swallow Street honours Thomas Swallow, lessee in 1540 of the pastures on which the road was built.
Swan House, W1S Swan House can be found on Old Bond Street.
The Bank Building, SW1A The Bank Building is located on St James’s Street.
The Economist Building, SW1A The Economist Building can be found on St James’s Street.
The Garden House, W1K The Garden House is a block on Mount Row.
The London Pavillion, SW1Y The London Pavilion is a building on Piccadilly Circus.
The Mall, SW1Y The Mall is the processional route between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.
Time & Life Building, W1J Time & Life Building is a block on Bruton Street.
Trebeck Street, W1J Trebeck Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Victory House, W1B Victory House is a block on Regent Street.
Vigo Street, W1J Vigo Street is a short street running west from Regent Street.
Westmorland House, W1B Westmorland House is a block on Regent Street.
White Horse Street, W1J White Horse Street runs from Piccadilly to Shepherd Street.
Wilder Walk, W1F This is a street in the W1B postcode area
Yarmouth Place, W1J Yarmouth Place lies off Brick Street.

NEARBY PUBS
Coach & Horses The Coach & Horses is at the top of Bruton Lane.
The Clarence The Clarence is located diagonally opposite the Ritz.
The Kings Head The Kings Head dates from 1710.


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St James’s

St James’s is an exclusive area in the West End of London.

St James’s 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 centered 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.

St James’s is the home of many of the best known gentlemen’s clubs in London. The clubs found here are organisations of English high society. A variety of groups congregate here, such as royals, military officers, motoring enthusiasts and other groups.

It is now a predominantly commercial area with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. The auction house Christie’s is based in King Street, and the surrounding streets contain a great many upmarket art and antique dealers.

Office space to rent in St James’s is among the most expensive in the world, costing up to five times average rents in New York, Paris and Sydney.

The area is home to fine wine merchants including Berry Brothers and Rudd, at 3 St James’s Street. Adjoining St James’s Street is Jermyn Street, famous for its many tailors. St James’s is 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.

The iconic English shoemaker Wildsmith - which designed the first ever loafer - was located at 41 Duke Street, St, James’s. It is now currently located at 13 Savile Row.

The area has a good number of art galleries, covering a spectrum of tastes. The White Cube gallery, which has represented Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, originally opened in Duke Street, St James’s, then moved to Hoxton Square. 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 was the first free-standing building to be built in the St James’s area for more than 30 years.


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Get Back
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Get Back
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Piccadilly Theatre (2007)
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Engraving of the Hanover Square Rooms in Hanover Square. For a century this was the principal concert venue in London.
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The Marie Antoinette Suite at the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly (1914)
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A Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution; Sir James Dewar on Liquid Hydrogen (1904)
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Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly
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Street view of St George’s Hanover Square (1787). An aquatint, by T. Malton.
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London Library, 14 St James’s Square. The London Library is a self-supporting, independent institution. It is a registered charity whose sole aim is the advancement of education, learning and knowledge. The adjacent building (13 St James’s Square) is the High Commission of Cyprus.
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Albany Courtyard leads to The Albany
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Hedonism Wines, Davies Street (2022)
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