Not long ago, we put together a top-tier Regent Street itinerary to keep you entertained this summer. So if you enjoyed those recommendations, and have been eagerly awaiting another burst of inspo, then you’re in luck. Because we wouldn’t dream of sussing out the best things to do in this iconic part of London without giving some airtime to its equally magnificent sister neighbourhood. Yes that’s right, it’s time for the St James’s summer itinerary.
Home to exquisite restaurants, wonderful independent boutiques, gorgeous green spaces and world-class cultural offerings, St James’s has all the makings of the perfect summer hang out. Keep reading to discover all there is to see and do…
1. Get your caffeine boost with an artisanal coffee
Whatever time of day you might feel the need for a caffeine boost, Perks & White should be top of your hitlist. This local, independent business creates single origin, specialty coffee along with an artisanal food menu that’s well worth investigating. All day Danish bakery Ole & Steen is also seconds away, offering you a number of treats with which to treat yourself. From muffins and pastries to sandwiches, everything is freshly baked and utterly delicious.
2a St James’s Market, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4HA
Ole & Steen, 56, No 2 Haymarket, St James’s Market SW1Y 4RP
2. Discover wonderful art and culture
A leisurely stroll through the gorgeous architecture of St James’s might feel like a cultural outing in itself. But this neck of the woods is also positively teeming with galleries and landmarks to capture your interest. From the world-renowned Royal Academy of Arts to Messum’s and the ICA – this iconic neighbourhood is rich with cultural and historical treasures. You can even get a glance at the opulent Buckingham Palace as you pass through St James’s Park!
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BD
Messum’s Gallery, 28 Cork St W1S 3NG
ICA, The Mall, St. James’s SW1Y 5AH
3. Indulge in special purchases from these independent boutiques
If ever there were a time to find gift-buying inspo (both for yourself and others!), it’s when you’re walking through St James’s. In Berry Bros & Rudd you’ll find over 5000 award-winning wines and spirits, selected by their special Masters. And whether you prefer your wine with chocolate or cheese, you’ll be well taken care of in Prestat and Paxton & Whitfield. But no one says you have to wait until you’re home to crack your goodies open – why not fill a hamper with treats from all three and head to St James’s Park for an indulgent picnic in the sunshine?
Berry Bros & Rudd, 63 Pall Mall, St. James’s SW1Y 5HZ
Prestat, 14 Princes Arcade, Piccadilly, St. James’s SW1Y 6DS
Paxton & Whitfield, 93 Jermyn St, St. James’s, SW1Y 6JE
4. Soak up the summer vibes with a delectable al fresco meal
In a neighbourhood this beautiful, opportunities to dine outdoors should be taken in every instance. And unsurprisingly, this St James’s summer itinerary does not fall short in the al fresco eatery department. Aquavit is known for its elevated Scandinavian cuisine and delectable desserts (the Arctic Birds Nest is a must). But if the Mediterranean is more your bag, try La Terrasse by Sofitel for exquisite seafood, Spritz cocktails and immaculate summer vibes.
Aquavit, 1 St James’s Market, St. James’s, SW1Y 4QQ
La Terrasse, Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Pl, St. James’s, SW1Y 4AN