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Flaneurs promenading around London in their Sunday Best on a Saturday
Flaneurs promenading around London in their Sunday Best on a Saturday

Flaneurs promenading around London in their Sunday Best on a Saturday

If you're in central London next Saturday, don't be surprised to see people dressed in their very best Sunday Best promenading around town.

May
06
There’s a museum in James J Fox, London’s oldest cigar shop
There’s a museum in James J Fox, London’s oldest cigar shop

There’s a museum in James J Fox, London’s oldest cigar shop

There's a small shop in St James that's said to be the oldest cigar shop in the world, and it houses its own museum, that's also open to the public.

Nov
23
2021
London’s Alleys: Princes Place, SW1
London’s Alleys: Princes Place, SW1

London’s Alleys: Princes Place, SW1

This is a short shabby alley that leads off from some of the most expensive properties in central London.

Jul
12
2021
London’s Alleys: Queen’s Passage, SW1A
London’s Alleys: Queen’s Passage, SW1A

London’s Alleys: Queen’s Passage, SW1A

An all to easy to walk past without noticing is a narrow subterranean passage that runs underneath the posh houses next to Green Park giving access to the quiet streets behind.

May
24
2021
Lockdown Stories in St James
Lockdown Stories in St James

Lockdown Stories in St James

There's an open-air art gallery just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus, and at the moment, it's filled with portraits of people who have told their stories of lockdown life.

Apr
28
2021
Concrete art on the Cavendish hotel car park
Concrete art on the Cavendish hotel car park

Concrete art on the Cavendish hotel car park

On a side street in St James is a hotel, with an underground car park, and a long frieze of concrete art.

Apr
28
2021
Sculpture to honour victims of sexual violence
Sculpture to honour victims of sexual violence

Sculpture to honour victims of sexual violence

The serene green park in the centre of St James’s Square is currently also hosting a bronze sculpture of a mother and child, representing victims of sexual violence.

Apr
22
2021
See some theatre inspired displays in Fortnum’s windows
See some theatre inspired displays in Fortnum’s windows

See some theatre inspired displays in Fortnum’s windows

The posh food emporium in Piccadilly, Fortnum and Mason has filled its shop windows not with goods for sale, but models created by theatre set designers.

Apr
16
2021
The St James’s Market Pavilion
The St James’s Market Pavilion

The St James’s Market Pavilion

On a formerly oddly empty plot of land in Haymarket is a temporary exhibition pavilion.

Nov
13
2019
London’s Alleys: Angel Court, SW1
London’s Alleys: Angel Court, SW1

London’s Alleys: Angel Court, SW1

You're looking at the picture below and thinking this alley is going to be all about the pretty pub, but no, it's the boring snoring office block next door that's the protagonist in this alley tale.

Sep
09
2019
London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1
London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1

London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1

Named after an inn and a dark period of history, this rather posh passage and charming steps can be found just around the corner from Parliament.

Apr
15
2019
London’s Alleys: Mason’s Yard, SW1
London’s Alleys: Mason’s Yard, SW1

London’s Alleys: Mason’s Yard, SW1

This is a space that will be very familiar to art fans, and a mystery to many, for this hidden square in posh St James is also home to a very famous art gallery.

Feb
12
2018
London’s Alleys: Crown Passage, SW1
London’s Alleys: Crown Passage, SW1

London’s Alleys: Crown Passage, SW1

A picturesque alley that's lined with ancient shops and inns, and within staggering distance of royal palaces and posh clubs.

Feb
05
2018
London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1
London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1

London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1

There are two entrances to this posh alley in St James, one for carriages, and one for pedestrians. The pedestrians get the better deal, with a reasonably grand entrance porch, and some of London's last remaining gas lamps.

Nov
27
2017
See Mayfair’s little noticed Lutyens Sculpture
See Mayfair’s little noticed Lutyens Sculpture

See Mayfair’s little noticed Lutyens Sculpture

On a side street in posh St James is a work of art in remembrance of an architect who is a significant figure in the architecture of Imperial New Delhi.

Oct
01
2017
Pickering Place, SW1 – London’s Alleys and Passages
Pickering Place, SW1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

Pickering Place, SW1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

This is one of London's oldest and more famous alleys, with a foreign embassy, the occasional duel, brothels, famous authors and gambling all packed into a tiny space.

Sep
25
2017

Visiting The Conservative Club in St James

The exterior may look suitably anonymous to the average passer-by, but inside number 74 St James lurks not only an impressive interior, but also hosts an important aspect of the history of the modern Tory Party. The building was the

Sep
19
2010