Explore the royal treasures of St James's
2022 marks a special year as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years on the throne. Whether you’re visiting for the Jermyn Street Jubilee Fete or simply looking for ideas for things to do this weekend, use our guide to curate your very own royal day out.
Home to St James’s Palace and a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and several of London’s beautiful royal parks, no other location feels more fitting to plan the ultimate royal day out in London. St James’s has a wealth of the Royal Family’s preferred vendors and suppliers situated in its heart, who hold official Royal Warrants. So, one needn’t stroll far to discover the traditions, artisans and craftspeople that continue to bring majesty and tradition to the throne.
Here, a day of suggestions to fill your itinerary with a true majestic flair.
Start your morning right with a breakfast reservation at Fortnum and Mason’s 45 Jermyn Street. Whilst there you can order a wealth of fuelling favourites, from scrambled eggs and smoked salmon to a full english, from the royal warrant holder’s kitchen. Afterwards, stroll onto Piccadilly and step inside the main entrance of this iconic department store to stock up on Buckingham Palace-approved provisions. The piccalilli is a must-try, or take away a scotch egg for later, invited right here in 1738.
Next, walking towards Piccadilly Circus, while away the latter half of the morning in Hatchard’s, the capital’s oldest bookshop, which has been on Piccadilly since the Georgian era and has been a long-time supplier to the royal households of Britain and Europe.
With your literary and literal appetite whetted, it’s time to discover the brands and makers responsible for the Royal wardrobe — whether that be Burberry or Barbour outerwear, boots from John Lobb or suiting from Turnbull & Asser. The magpies amongst us should not miss a trip to Mappin & Webb on Regent Street, royal warrant holders as jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith to Her Majesty. But, it doesn’t end there. At present, its master craftsman, Mark Appleby, is the crown jeweller of the United Kingdom too.
We advise your plans to turn to the sweet side now. Though there are a wealth of afternoon tea options in the area, it's The Ritz’s that will feel most suitable on this occasion. Enjoy its fine selection of teas, scones and sandwiches as you’re treated to a live piano recital in the hotel’s Palm Court.
After your tea, turn right out of The Ritz and walk down St James’s Street, walking through St James’s Palace to arrive at The Mall. No royal day is complete without a nosy at Buckingham Palace. Whether you opt to visit its state rooms or prefer to spectate from the outside, don’t miss out on spotting St James's Park's other famous family: six pelicans, whose ancestors first made St James’s their home in 1664 during the reign of Charles II.
For a moment of respite after your day exploring and before your evening plans commence, reward yourself at Dukes Hotel in its namesake bar and enjoy a swift pre-dinner martini (or cocktail of your choice). Then, take the short walk to Her Majesty’s supplier of wine and spirits, Berry Bros & Rudd to dine in its cellars. Expect a menu that will have you exploring seasonal flavours and truly elevated pairings.
By now, you might be feeling the call to bed and The Stafford, on the edge of Green Park, will prove just the place for the perfect night's sleep as your reign — sorry, day — comes to a close.