St. James's Palace
St. James's Palace
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Built originally for Henry VIII, this building still serves as a business center for royalty and includes the Court of James, where all new monarchs are proclaimed.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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 • 7 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 9 min walk
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This is the official palace of the Royal Family. Henry the eighth got it built for his beloved wife Anne Boleyn, who never got to see it as she was executed in the Tower of London before it was completed. Another significance of this palace is that this is place where the death of a Monarch is officially announced from the main balcony. The message is sent in the form of a passcode. The code for the last queen’s death was “London Bridge has Fallen”. After that the famous lines “The queen is dead long live the king” (or the other way around) are read. There is a superstitious belief that any heir apparent who witnesses this announcement is bound to have a short reign. This came true when Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson heard the announcement of King George V’s death. King Edward VIII abdicated only ten months and twenty days after he became the king. Prince Charles, William and Henry lived here until 2003. Charles I spent his last night here before being executed. I loved visiting this historical building.
Written 15 July 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is the oldest Royal Palace in London. Built by Henry VIII in the 16th Century to be closer to Westminster it has served in several royal capacities over the centuries. Today it is where the Guard for Buckingham Palace stay and assemble for the Changing of the Guard. While we were not able to go in the palace, we did witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony here.
Written 26 May 2023
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sheepygold
london5,345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We went on a private tour of the palace which covered the state rooms and included the throne room where King Charles made his declaration. The tour lasted about 90 minutes and was led by a very knowledgeable guide. There were about 25 of us on the tour. This tour was a trial which hopefully will mean that this palace is open to the public in the future.
Written 29 October 2022
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Michael M
Ipswich, UK691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It's worth having a look at this over looked Royal Palace if you're heading up The Mall to Buckingham Palace. You will find it half way up The Mall on the right hand side. It's quite interesting and less busy than Buckingham Palace. A good place to see the Military in full uniform.
Written 22 September 2022
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Elaine Stone
Jordan Valley1,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
A small but interesting palace in Kensington Park
Beautifully set with easy explanation. Charming rooms showing the live style of a young Queen Victoria & previous home to Queen Mary & William of Orange. There were lovely Royal Family photographs.
A better view of the Princess Diana Memorial than next to the sunken gardens.
Written 14 May 2022
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Brian T
London, UK8,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 1 March 2021
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McKenna N
Gainesville, FL118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 February 2021
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 29 September 2020
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SallyD
St. Albans, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Historic royal palace, sometimes open to the public for special events. Full of tradition,art and antique furnishings and furniture
Written 11 February 2020
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Sarah R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 12 October 2019
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