Rubbing shoulders with the Royals
The district of St James’s in London’s West End is actually quite small, but, having said that it has to be one of the wealthiest too.
Which isn’t surprising if you’ve got Buckingham Palace on your doorstep.
Just within a stone’s throw of each other, you have St James’s Palace, exclusive membership clubs and charming shops you’d expect to see in a Charles Dickens tale.
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St. James’s Palace
Within the grounds of St. James’s Palace is also Clarence House, which is home to Britain’s future King, the Prince of Wales and Charles’s wife the Duchess of Cornwall.
So, quite prestigious neighbours.
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A few that we spotted were the Oxford & Cambridge Club at 71-76 Pall Mall, established in 1821.
The Royal Automobile Club at 89-91 Pall Mall which opened in 1897 and at 107 Pall Mall was 'The Athenaeum Club' dating from 1824.
Tale of two cities
Coffee is calling
Also, a wonderful Italian café named Franco’s, it is believed that Franco’s was one of the first Italian restaurants in London.
Go treat yourself to a coffee!
A little bit of shopping
The Bowler Hat
A few more stores
At no. 71 are Trueffit & Hill established in 1805 are a fine traditional gentlemen’s barbers and perfumers.
They are also by Royal Appointment and over two centuries have catered for all men’s grooming needs.
John Lobb at no. 9 is a boot and shoemaker and has supplied footwear globally to the rich and famous, it was established in 1866.
Of course, to the Royal family as it also has Royal Appointment but historically to actors, singers, politicians and maharajahs.
Kingsman (Mr Porter) at no. 4 St. James’s is not to be confused with the Huntsman store on Saville Row.
The Huntsman was used as the inspiration for Matthew Vaughn’s blockbuster movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.
A little bit of knowledge
Also, along Pickering Place is a brass plaque erected by The Anglo Texan Society, for the Texas Legation.
It was here between 1842 & 1845 that a diplomatic mission was established.
While we were wandering around, we came across various blue and green plaques, that you so often see dotted around the streets of London.
Along St. James’s Place was a green plaque for Sir Winston Churchill, showing where lived during 1880 and 1883
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