St. James’s Square is just off Pall Mall – a stone’s thrown from the park. Due to its closeness to both St. James’s Palace and Parliament, it was the most desirable address in London for much of the 18th-century.
St. James’s Square has had many famous residents. No.9 has been the home of several of our finest Prime Ministers: William Gladstone (1890), William Pitt the Elder (1751–61), and the Earl of Derby (1837–54).
Dwight Eisenhower made No.31 his military headquarters during World War Two, and Nancy Astor – the second woman elected to Parliament (and the first to actually take her seat) used to live at what is now the In-And-Out Club.
If you enjoy this then try: Bedford Square (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Tottenham Court Road); Belgrave Square (walk it in 20 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Hyde Park Corner); Berkeley Square (you can walk it 10 mins); Grosvenor Square (walk it in 16 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street) and Russell Square (walk it in 22 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Russell Square).