St. James Palace is one of London’s oldest palaces, and was commissioned by King Henry VIII. It was constructed in the same red-brick Tudor style as can be seen in Hampton Court Palace. Although the British Monarchy has not resided there in two centuries, it is still the official Royal Court.
While you won’t be able to see the interior of St. James Palace (it’s not open to the public), you can still walk by and see the guards outside.
The Tudors at St. James Palace
Queen Mary I: Mary died at St. James Palace on November 17th, 1558. Mary’s heart and bowels are buried in the palace’s Chapel, and the rest of her is buried at Westminster Abbey. So that’s pretty disturbing.
Anne Boleyn: King Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn stayed at St. James palace the night after her coronation ceremony.
St. James Palace Tips for Tourists
The palace is not currently accessible to the public, but the Queen’s Chapel is open to the public at selected times. Visit the official website for St. James Palace for additional information.
How to get to St. James Palace
- Take the Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line, or Jubilee Line and get off the train at Green Park