Situated between Piccadilly and Pall Mall, the district of St James’s is noted for exclusive gentlemen’s clubs, boutique art galleries and upmarket menswear, as well as one of the world’s best lending libraries. Over centuries, St James’s has drawn literally hundreds of writers into its midst, provided settings for novels, and hosted premieres of famous plays.
The St James’s Jaunt focuses on those writers who walked the streets of the district in the first half of the 20th century. You’ll hear sensational stories from their lives and see scenes from their works dramatically performed.
Starting with the soldier poets of World War One and finishing with the spy fiction of the Cold War, this tour takes in the heady days of the fashionable 1920s, the growing threat of fascism in the 1930s, and the dark days of the Blitz.
Writers you’ll meet in St James’s:
The tour lasts 3 hours. Limited to small groups, they take place entirely outside and are socially distanced.
Public tours -- costing £25 per person -- are on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, and pre-booking is essential. To find available dates, please click on 'Book Tour'.
If you'd like to give a tour as a gift, you can buy a Gift Card for as many people as you like, and the recipient(s) can get in touch with us to select a date. Please click 'Book Tour' and the Gift Card option box will appear.
Private tours are also available at a cost of £50 per person for groups of up to 4 people. Larger groups (eg students and book clubs) may come at a discounted rate. Please contact us by email to discuss.