Laid out in the 1670s, St. James’s Square is prided as one of the top fashionable residential areas in the city during its first two hundred or so years. Dominated by Georgian and neo-Georgian architecture, it is home to some of the most exclusive businesses, along with the Chatham House (sheltering the Royal Institute for International Affairs) and the London Library. St. James’s Square has lovely gardens, too, which shelter a mighty equestrian statue of William III since 1808.
How to get there
By underground: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus