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St. James's Palace, London

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  • Built in 1530, became the principal residence of the British monarchy in 1698. This is one of the oldest palaces of London. The visit to the same can only be held outside, given that the Palace is closed to the public. I highlight the gate, which in my opinion is one of the milestones of the Tudor period in the English capital. You see the guards with the typical uniform of Royal London, which, by itself, is worth the visit. Other tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the London Eye are just nearby, a few minutes ' walk away. I stress the visit to St. Jame's Park, is amazing. St. Jame's Palace may not be one of the main attractions that people have in mind when visiting London, but the story that this Palace has, as well as all the surrounding at the same (Royal guards, architecture and gardens), make it a hidden attraction in secondary routes visitors to London.
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  • This hidden gem of a palace is beyond reach, as it is not open to the public. It is located just next to the Mall and you can barely take a glimpse of it through the wall and vegetation.  more »
  • We called here for a presentation. All the staff and facilities were absolutely lovely. A great and special part of our nations history.  more »
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  • I thought the royal guards were on duty 24 hours a day. There was no guards here today and the only few spots where get got to see the guards, it was virtually impossible to take a picture and they were very far away. Also, there is a chain keeping the public even further away from the gate so it is not what you think. I thought that the guards were more accessible. Not really! Same with the royal palace. The guards are far and it is hot!
  • Historical site with much information. You cannot go inside, but there are a few free tours that talk about history as well as ghosts that reside in the Palace. There are also some large parks with lots of open space and beautiful sights.
  • Time it right and you will see the guards. Plenty to see and the park is always interesting.
  • St. James's Palace was build in Tudor times by probably one of the most famous Tudors of them all- King Henry VIII. The Palace took an important place in the British history and it was the official residence of the monarch until in 1837 Queen Victoria moved the monarchy in Buckingham Palace. St. James's Palace is still active and here the Queen and the members of the royal family welcome most of their guests. Located next to the Mall, the palace is in a walking distance from Buckingham palace, Trafalgar Square and even Big Ben. It is very easy to reach via underground/metro (both Green Park and Charring Cross stations are close by). If you have found this information useful and interesting then you may like the videos we make about the city. There's a special one about this palace which can give you more stories and facts including an answer to the question "Why it wasn't normal for a building to have that many chimneys in those days". To find the video simply search for "curious pavel st james" in YouTube.
  • Great venue for Gold DofE presentation, helpful staff who are very knowledgeable about the palace.

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