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A Summer Best Served in St James’s

Looking for a fresh way to see St James’s this summer? Take a leisurely Sunday morning stroll, when the neighbourhood is at its most relaxed. Here are our cultural highlights for the sunniest outlook in the area this month.

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Wimbledon’s Finals Week

There’s still plenty of time to head to St James's Market to catch the all-important last week from Wimbledon, serving up world class tennis until the 14th July. And no need to book: simply turn up and find your preferred spot to relax on a deckchair for the centre court action.

Sunday Morning Strolls in St James’s

With summer now in full swing, St James's Sunday Morning Strolls have returned to St James's offering guided walks that will lead you through a flavour of the best this area has to offer. The Food & Fashion Tour explores the fine art of retail, from tiny tucked-away shops and galleries to the tailors who dressed Winston Churchill, while the St James’s History of Shopping Tour celebrates the large number of unique shops selling clothes, accessories, art and perfumes. Finally, we encourage you not to miss the Women of St James's Tour, which tells the captivating stories of inspiring women who have lived and worked here over the centuries, including world-class scientists at the Royal Society, modernist author Virginia Woolf and latter-day cheesemonger Hero Hirsch. To help you stay at peak attention throughout your amble, stylish Danish bakery Ole & Steen are offering one complimentary coffee for every ticket holder. Register here. Tickets must be shown on arrival (before Sunday stroll) to redeem the offer and it's limited to one per person.

Visit the Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy of Arts’ main summer event runs until 12th August. This 251st edition displays more than 1,200 works of sculpture, paintings, films and photography, coordinated this year by acclaimed British painter Jock McFadyen. Highlights include an animal-themed ‘menagerie’ in the Central Hall, two galleries curated by sisters Jane and Louise Wilson, plus work from Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin and Marcus Harvey. On your way in you can also admire some huge sculptures from Thomas Houseago dominating the RA courtyard. And why not visit the central pop-up bar where, every weekday, you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine to accompany your journey around the exhibition? As is the custom at the Summer Exhibition, the sale of the artwork helps fund the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including assisting the next generation of artists in the RA Schools. For more updates from St James’s follow @StJamesLondon and sign up to our newsletter below.