Come rain, snow or sunshine, it’s always a good time to treat yourself to a staycation in St James’s. No matter the time of year, there is an abundance of enthralling art, enchanting shows, mouth-watering eateries and killer cocktails to be had. Take a journey with us through St James’s to get inspired.
A place to rest your head
First stop, check-in to your new home for the weekend. In St James’s you’ll be spoilt for choice from east to west. Choose from the likes of DUKES hotel, the birthplace of Bond’s shaken-not-stirred martini, St James’s Hotel & Club complete with Michelin-star restaurant Seven Park Place or The Stafford tucked away in St James’s Place.
Soak up arts & culture
Once you’ve dropped your bags and settled in, its time to take to the streets and soak up the arts, culture and history that line the streets of St James’s. We’d recommend starting at the top with a visit to the Royal Academy. From there, wander south through the art galleries of Bury Street, Ryder Street and Duke Street St James’s visiting the likes of White Cube and Christie’s as you go.
Refuel in style
You’ve probably worked up an appetite and what better way to answer when hunger calls than with afternoon tea. Tuck into a quintessentially British offering at The Ritz, complete with Tea Sommelier, or discover intriguing art-deco surroundings at The Wolseley, set in a former car showroom - tuck into fruit scones with homemade jam & clotted cream.
Catch a show
Whether you’re a Londoner or a visitor, no staycation in London is complete without a West End show. Wander east and take your pick from theatres including the Jermyn Street theatre, proudly the West End’s smallest producing theatre, to Theatre Royal Haymarket, Her Majesty’s Theatre or The Criterion. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
The grand finale
To wrap things up, indulge in an unforgettable dinner round the corner from theatre land in St James’s Market. Choose between West-African fusion cuisine at Ikoyi, Nordic fare at Aquavit, Ramael Scully’s creativity at Scully or something more relaxed at The Beau Brummell. Wash it all down with some killer cocktails at The Stafford’s American bar or finally sampling that shaken-not-stirred martini at DUKE’s bar.