St James's is an area of central London in the City of Westminster. It is bounded to the north by Piccadilly, to the west by Green Park, to the south by the Mall, and to the east by Haymarket.
Until the Second World War, St James's remained one of the most exclusive residential areas of London. Famous residences in St James' include St James's Palace, Clarence House, Marlborough House, Lancaster House, Spencer House, Schomberg House and Bridgewater House.
Today St James is a predominantly commercial area with some of the highest rents in London. BP has an office there, whilst Christie's is based in the area.
St James's is home to many well known gentleman's clubs. The Carlton Club, traditional meeting place for members of the Conservative Party is based in the area.
There are a number of notable streets in St James's. These include St James's Square, Pall Mall, and Haymarket (which was once known as the best known centre of prostitution in London, though no trace of that history remains)The Carlton Club, St James's, London