Monthly Archives: January 2018

New Zealand House

Above: Looking NW at New Zealand House from Cockspur Street. To many Londoners, large office blocks go unnoticed. There are now so many of them that they just merge into the sky and form additional clutter on the visitor’s field … Continue reading

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Royal Opera Arcade

Above: Looking south in the Royal Opera Arcade. It was built 1816-18, designed on the Parisian pattern by John Nash and George Repton. It was the earliest arcade to be built in London. The name derived from the Royal Opera … Continue reading

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Red Lion Tavern, Crown Passage

Above: Looking north in Crown Passage with the RedLion Tavern on the left. As you stroll around the St James’s area you are certainly struck by its elegance of the streets and also by the very large buildings that tower … Continue reading

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Marlborough House

Above: Looking north at the house from the grounds surrounding it. The area of St James’s is packed with interesting views and interesting places to see. There are plenty of unusual shops, a large collection of streets and alleyways to … Continue reading

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Brooks’s Club

Above: Brook’s Club. The elegant building stands in St James’s Street. St James’s Street and Pall Mall developed as the streets with wealthy gentlemen’s clubs. It is hard to generalise but it is probably fair to say that the larger … Continue reading

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Paxton and Whitfield

Above: The shop on the south side of Jermyn Street. The number of specialist food shops in London could form a mini-series all of its own. While we are in the area of St James’s, mention must be made of … Continue reading

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St James’s Street

Above: Looking north in St James’s Street. Due to Edward the Confessor, a new palace was started on a new site at Westminster – generally known as the Palace of Westminster – along with a new abbey – now called … Continue reading

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St James’s Park

Above: View from the bridge crossing the lake of Horse Guards. The land of the park was once part of the extensive land surrounding the old leper Hospital of St James the Less. The land was low-lying, forming a swampy … Continue reading

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St James’s Palace

Above: Looking south at the large arch under the clock from the southern end of St James’s Street. The arch leads into a long rectangular courtyard. The palace is named after the leper hospital, dedicated to St James the Less, … Continue reading

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St James the Less, Hospital of

Above: Part of a panorama from 1543 by Wyngaerde looking at the river bank around Westminster. It shows the site of the leper hospital (above Westminster Abbey). The large building towards the left is Westminster Abbey. Towards the right, a … Continue reading

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