St James's Street

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St James's Street and St James's Palace, chromolithograph, about 1890
View of Clarendon House, now demolished, which used to face south down St James's Street

St James's Street is the principal street in the district of St James's, central London, England. It runs from Piccadilly downhill to St James's Palace and Pall Mall. The main gatehouse of the palace is at the southern end of the road, and in the 17th century Clarendon House faced down the street across Piccadilly, located where Albemarle Street is now situated.

St James's Street was built up without an over-all plan[1] but received a boost with Lord St Albans' planned construction of St. James's Square. Today St James's Street contains several of London's best known gentlemen's clubs, such as Brooks's,[2] the Carlton Club and White's, some exclusive shops and various offices. A series of small side streets on its western side lead to some extremely expensive properties overlooking Green Park, including Spencer House and the Royal Over-Seas League at the end of Park Place. Two 18th-century yards survive behind the noble frontages and giant orders of columns or pilasters of the street. One is Blue Ball Yard, with stables built in 1742. The other is Pickering Place, with four informal Georgian brick houses of 1731.[3] Jermyn Street leads off St James's Street to the east. The nearest tube station is Green Park to the west on Piccadilly.

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  1. ^ "In scattered fashion", Nikolaus Pevsner remarked, London vol. I (Buildings of England), 2nd ed. 1962:590.
  2. ^ In premises by Henry Holland, 1777-78 (Pevsner 1962).
  3. ^ Pevsner 1962.

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Coordinates: 51°30′25″N 0°8′23″W / 51.50694°N 0.13972°W / 51.50694; -0.13972