Lancaster House is another fascinating building to walk past during a stroll around St. James’s. Built in 1825 by the Duke of York – known as the ‘grand old Duke of York’ in the nursery rhyme – Lancaster House has a colourful history, having been used for royal and political events over the centuries. Fascinatingly, the building has held the Government Wine Cellar since 1922 and is estimated to contain 39,000 bottles of wine! Lancaster House has also been used as a location in a number of films and TV series, including The Young Victoria, The King’s Speech, Downton Abbey and The Crown.
Elsewhere in St. James’s, Jermyn Street is the perfect place to explore for fans of fashion and high-end tailoring. A street first established by the 1st Earl of St Albans, Jermyn Street has gained a global reputation as being a centre for gentleman’s tailoring. Many tailors and high-end male fashion retailers are still located along the street to this day. There are also plenty of other points of interest along the street, including the former homes of Sir Isaac Newton, who lived at both number 87 and 88, while a number of art galleries have put the street on the map as part of St. James’s Art District.