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St James's Palace

St James’s Palace was mostly built between 1531 and 1536 by Henry VIII, with much of the structure still standing today. For more than 300 years the palace has been a royal residence, home to a number of English Kings and Queens over the centuries. Although Buckingham Palace is the mainstay of royal activity, St James’s remains the most senior royal palace in the whole of the UK.


A number of minor royal members call this their London residency and it remains the meeting place of the Accession Council, the organisation responsible for announcing the next successor to the throne. A number of charity receptions are held on the grounds during the year, and the offices for a range of royal departments work from the building, including the Yeomen of the Guard and the Queen's Watermen.

Marlborough Road
London
SW1A 1BS

Tel: 020 7930 4832
Opening Times: Open 24 hours
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