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St. James Estate Agents Property Guide

St. James' is one of London's central districts and part of the West End. Originally developed for the aristocracy, St. James' property also became the home of gentlemen's clubs during the 19th century.

While much of the area is now devoted to commercial premises, there are still opportunities to buy homes in this stylish district.

Expensive tastes are catered for by the exclusive boutiques, delicatessens and tailors of Jermyn Street, and the grand theatres of Haymarket. To the south, St. James’ Park is one of the loveliest of the Royal parks, full of semi-tame wildlife and landscaped gardens. Walk across the bridge in the middle of the lake for a perfect London view, with Buckingham Palace on one side, and the palaces of Whitehall on the other.

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Buildings in St. James
St. James' Property

According to our estate agents handling property in St. James' whether you are looking for a studio flat or a family home, this elegant district can oblige. Singles and couples are well served by the smaller apartments located within converted mansion houses, while more spacious four and five bedroom apartments are also available.

There are also a smaller number of Grade II listed townhouses available on the edge of Green Park. Any address in this area is highly desirable, but St. James' property around the square commands some of the highest prices.

The Crown Estates own nearly 50 per cent of the buildings in St. James's; the area is part of the core fabric of The Crown Estate. The portfolio is currently the focus of a £500 million investment plan. In addition to 80 modern homes in Regent Street, increasing the provision of residential space in St. James's is an important part of their investment programme.

They plan to reinforce St. James's established position as a high quality residential location and are seeking over the next ten years to double the provision of residential space in the St. James's portfolio.

St. James' Buyers and Residents

St. James's still attracts prosperous residents today; some of its most famous inhabitants included:

The 17th Earl of Derby, who was born at 31 St. James' Square
William Gladstone, the Liberal politician
Dwight Eisenhower, who was Supreme Commander of European Allied Forces
Nancy Astor, the first female MP
William Pitt the Elder, who led government in the Seven Years' War

Top 5 Reasons to Live in St. James'
  1. St. James remains a very exclusive address
  2. For families there is a choice of top performing schools nearby
  3. From a St. James’ property you can access high quality shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and private galleries
  4. West End theatres are within easy reach
  5. You have St. James' Park and Green Park on your doorstep
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Discover St. James

  • St. James Squares & Parks

    The presence of a large number of gardens and parks has earned Bayswater the coveted title of ‘leafy green suburb’.

    Take a stroll through the tree-lined streets, admire at close range the beautiful 19th century Georgian architecture of Bayswater property surrounding pretty squares. Enjoy wandering through the world-famous Hyde Park and
    Kensington Gardens.

    Hyde Park, in Bayswater is one of London’s largest parks and the most beautiful of England’s eight Royal Parks. Covering 350 acres, this park houses over 4000 trees and landmarks like The Serpentine, Speaker’s Corner and Diana’s Memorial Fountain. The park offers a host of recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. Kensington Gardens, another beautiful Royal Park in Bayswater is home to Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial, beautiful Italian Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery, the Sunken Garden and the statue of Peter Pan, around which the Diana Memorial playground has been built.

  • St. James Going Out

    With numerous restaurants, watering holes, shops, the Golden Horseshoe casino and the Bayswater ice rink, Bayswater has something for everyone.

    You can choose from a variety of cuisine which includes Chinese, Greek, Mexican, Indian and French. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, try The Ledbury, a 2 Michelin star restaurant located in Bayswater.

    Patisserie Valerie is the place to visit for delicious pastries as well as coffee, tea and light meals.

    Popular watering holes in Bayswater include the Redan, The Swan, The Victoria and The Prince Bonaparte. For a more upmarket experience try The Lonsdale, otherwise known as the ‘secret treasure’ and voted one of the top 20 bars by Drinks International. Whiteley’s Shopping Centre and Westfield, Europe’s largest shopping center are excellent shopping options for high street and designer labels. For international brands, try Selfridges and the stores at the West End.

  • St. James Attractions

    Attractions in Bayswater include museums, historic buildings, art galleries and famous landmarks in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

    The recently restored 1928 Alexander Fleming museum in Bayswater, with its colourful displays and videos allow you to visualize the laboratory as it was during the early 1920’s.

    Historic buildings worth a mention are the sumptuously decorated Porchester Hall dating back to the early 20th century and St. John’s Church which is a fine example of gothic revival.

    Fascinating art galleries in Bayswater are the Subway Gallery which was built in a 1960’s shoe repair shop and Whitewall Galleries which showcases global contemporary art. Visiting Whitewall Galleries requires an invitation so, remember to register on their website and download yours. One of the famous landmarks in Kensington Gardens is the Buxton Memorial Fountain, while the Wellington Arch and Apsley House located in Hyde Park are also worth a visit.

  • St. James Local Events

    The multiple Farmers’ markets, famous Portobello Road market, and the recently refurbished Porchester Centre, are local hotspots and provide great opportunities for you to meet and mingle with the Bayswater residents.

    One of the better known Farmers’ Markets close to Bayswater, is the Marylebone Farmers’ Market, which meets every Sunday. Another market worth a visit is Shepherd’s Bush market.

    If you are an antiques collector or enjoy browsing through vintage shops, you will love Portobello Road market, a short bus ride away from Bayswater.

    For a workout, visit the elegant Porchester Centre for its superb facilities which include an outstanding gym, two swimming pools, a squash court, exercise classes and yoga. There is also an excellent spa and a beautifully decorated hall used regularly for dances and concerts.

  • St. James Transport

    Excellent local transport connections include Underground connections from Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) and Green Park (Victoria, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines).

    From Victoria and Charing Cross Station you can access Gatwick Airport and the Southeast, and reach the Southwest from Waterloo Station, all close to your property in St James.

  • St. James Historical Facts
    • The land on which St James' stands was formerly royal hunting ground, but in 1660s permission was granted by Charles II to develop the space for aristocratic homes. These formed grids of homes with St James' Square at their centre.
    • As recently as World War II, St James was one of London's premier residential areas. During the war years General Eisenhower based himself at 31 St James' Square.
    • Some of the most famous homes in the area include St James' Palace, Marlborough House (a grade I listed mansion) and Spencer House (one of the most ambitious town houses in history). You'll now also find Christie's auction house, antique dealers and the headquarters of many global firms.

Living in st-james

Piccadilly Market
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Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, St James, London SW1A
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Unbeknown to many during the Second World War, a small underground bunker in Westminster, was the secret location where Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet staff met to coordinate Britain’s effort during World War II. The Churchill War Rooms now... Read More

The London Library on 14 Saint James’s Square in St James, London SW1Y 4LG
30 / 07 / 2015

The iconic London Library building is one of the largest independent lending libraries in the world, and the largest establishment of its kind in the UK. The London Library was first established in 1841 but didn’t move to its current home in St James... Read More

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RideLondon is a two day long annual festival of cycling. Sponsored by Prudential and held in St James Park, RideLondon is part of the legacy from the London 2012 Olympics.   Read More

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