How to Spend a Day in St James's London

Spend a perfect day in St James’s London with our guide. Discover the charm of this historic area with our bespoke itinerary.

How to Spend a Day in St James's London
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If you’re looking to spend a perfect day in St James’s London, we’ve got a great itinerary prepared for you.

From historical landmarks to charming cafes, this historic area is packed with different things to see and do during your visit.

Here’s how you can make the most of your time, all within walking distance from us here at DUKES London:

Morning: Explore Buckingham Palace

A visit to St James’s London isn’t complete without seeing Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the iconic Changing of the Guard ceremony. This colourful display of pageantry, featuring the King’s Guard in their distinctive red tunics and bearskin hats, is a must-see.

If you’re visiting in the summer, consider taking a tour of the State Rooms to get a glimpse of the royal residence’s opulent interiors. They are lavishly decorated with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Canaletto, as well as exquisite English and French furniture.

Lunch: Picnic in St James's Park

After your trip to the palace, why not enjoy a picnic in St James’s Park? At DUKES London, we offer a special ‘Picnic in the Park’ package, where you can savour a gourmet picnic hamper filled with traditional British fare.

It’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the park with your partner, friends or family. The hamper includes a selection of sandwiches, salads, and sweet treats, all prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

Spread out a blanket, soak up the sun, and enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of London’s most picturesque parks.

Afternoon: Discover The Royal Academy of Arts

After lunch, make your way to the Royal Academy of Arts, about a 20-minute walk from the park. Hosting rotating exhibitions of fine art, from classical masterpieces to contemporary works, you’ll see works by famous artists like Gainsborough, Turner, and Hockney.

The RA is housed in Burlington House, a grand building that’s an architectural marvel in itself. Take your time to explore the galleries and perhaps even catch their annual Summer Exhibition, a calendar highlight showcasing pieces by both new and established artists.

Early Evening: Shopping in Jermyn Street

Spend the early evening browsing the shops along Jermyn Street, renowned for its high-end menswear and bespoke tailoring. This historic street, just a 10-minute walk from DUKES London, is a paradise for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship and quality materials.

Explore shops like Floris, a historic perfumery that has been crafting exquisite fragrances since 1730, or Paxton & Whitfield, one of London’s oldest cheese shops, which offers an array of artisanal cheeses and gourmet foods.

Dinner: Dine at Great British Restaurant

For dinner, share a meal at the Great British Restaurant (GBR) - a modern take on British cuisine using the finest seasonal ingredients. Whether you fancy a decadent Wagyu Burger, an earthy beetroot salad, or just the classic Fish and Chips, the menu has something for everyone.

For a more exclusive experience, GBR also offers a private dining room perfect for parties of up to 20 people. This space provides a secluded setting for special occasions, whether a family celebration, a business dinner, or a gathering with friends.

Nightcap: End the Day at DUKES Bar

After a day of exploring St James’s London, head back to us here at the hotel for a nightcap at our famous DUKES Bar.

One of the highlights of the cocktail menu is our legendary gin martini, often regarded as one of the best in the world. Crafted with precision and care, this cocktail has become synonymous with our bar’s reputation for excellence.

Enjoy a classic martini, or let our expert bartenders surprise you with a new creation, making your evening at DUKES Bar truly special.

If this sounds like your perfect day, why not book a stay with us? We'll be delighted to help you personalise your itinerary for a memorable day out in St James’s London.

For more information on the retail therapy available around our luxury hotel, read our shopper’s guide to Mayfair.