Where to Stay in St. James’s and Piccadilly
Make your trip to the St. James’s and Piccadilly area extra special by staying with London Connection. With over 35 years of offering serviced accommodations ranging from economical to luxury, London Connection offers all the benefits of a quality hotel along with the added comforts of home. Contact London Connection to book one of their serviced vacation rental apartments in several different St. James’s and Piccadilly locations:
- 2-167 Pall Mall in the heart of St. James’s
- 2-23 Palace Street immediately next to Buckingham Palace
- 1-2 Villiers Street in close proximity to Thames, Covent Garden and Green Park
- 3-33 Haymarket in the heart of Piccadilly Circus
- Much more!
Where is St. James’s?
St. James’s and the Piccadilly neighborhoods make up a central district in the City of Westminster, to form London’s West End. Located in the same district as the Buckingham Palace, home to the Queen of England, this exclusive residential area is rich in both history and fashion.
Surrounded by upbeat, trendy districts like Strand, Mayfair, Westminster, and Knightsbridge, St. James’s and Piccadilly offer the perfect location for visitors eager to see all that London has to offer. The district is also home to two tube stations, St. James’s and Green Park, and is within close walking distance of other important stations like Piccadilly Circus, Victoria, and Charing Cross.
The History of St. James’s and Piccadilly
Located in the heart of downtown London, the history of St. James’s and Piccadilly Road are rich and far reaching. In the 12th Century, the area was dedicated as a leper hospital to Saint James the Less, a site that is now occupied by St. James’s Palace. After the 1530’s, when Henry VIII built St. James’s Palace, the area quickly became London’s Centre of Fashion. For more than 300 years, the palace was used as one of London’s principal residences for royalty and continues, to this day, to be used as a working Palace as the Court’s official headquarters. It wasn’t until the late 1660’s when Charles III started transforming the surrounding land into aristocratic residential neighborhood by adding the Clarence House and three more royal palaces.
Today St. James’s and the Piccadilly district are home to large, commercial headquarters like BP Oil and the Rio Tinto group. However, the old, unchanged streets and historic architecture flood the area with character and original beauty.
Things to do in St. James’s and Piccadilly
Known for its royal residencies, a must-do while visiting the St. James’s and Piccadilly area is to take a walking tour of the three close-by palaces. First, stop by the Westminster Palace, commonly known as the House of Parliament where you can take trip 900-years back in history. Secondly, tour around St. James’s Palace, where some of the most important events in Royal History have taken place.
End your palace tour with a stop at Buckingham Palace, the place that London’s sovereigns have called home since 1837 and served as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.
Wouldn’t it be fun to walk through the streets of Piccadilly and other nearby areas even before you arrive? You can do just that with Thomas Moore, the founder of London Connection, in this 11 minute video. You will better understand the charming streets and shop owners. Enjoy!
Be “In-The-Know” While Visiting St. James’s and Piccadilly
Because of the area’s exclusive location, prices around the St. James’s and Piccadilly area can be relatively high compared to surrounding locations. Many attractions are open to the public and, for a price, can be toured at your leisure. While the inside of these buildings are definitely remarkable, the beauty of the architecture is just as remarkable on the outside. Walking around this district is easy, and with various tube stations also in close proximity, you can easily access other wonderful parts of London.
When it comes to St. James’s and Piccadilly Vacation Rentals, no one does it better than London Connection. Browse our various locations and call or click to book your stay, today.