A stronghold of tradition for centuries, St. James’s remains a bastionof old-fashioned manners and dignified style to this day. This is wheremen continue to wear suits—even on Saturdays.
Exit the tube at Charing Cross. Head west along the Strand tofamed Trafalgar Sq. Begin your outing with a visit to the mas-sive
National Gallery (1)
National Portrait Gallery (2)
their treasures are too great to list here, but it’s definitely worth setting aside some time for these world-class culturalinstitutions. Afterward, cross south through the Square andhead west, passing under the Admiralty Arch to reach the Mall,along which you’ll find the
Institute of Contemporary Arts(3)
, a multimedia facility known for its eclectic contemporary exhibits. Head up the steps just beyond it, and turn left on PallMall. Turn right into St. James’s Sq., exiting onto Duke of York at the end. Turn left onto Jermyn, which is lined with quintes-sentially British men’s apparel and accessory shops, some of which have been here for centuries. Duck into Prince’s Arc.and then Piccadilly Arc., beautiful passages lined with moreshops carrying silk waistcoats, velvet slippers, and the like.Don’t miss
35 St. James’s St.), with its stock of essential accessories: cigars, canes, pipes, and umbrellas. Turnright on St. James’s St. Detour right on Piccadilly to stock up atrenowned food purveyor
Fortnum & Mason (5;
181 Picca-dilly), then backtrack to rest your weary feet in stylish splen-dor at the
#160), a former car showroom that wastransformed a few years ago into one of the city’s most elegantand popular cafés. Splurge on oysters on the half-shell, or justtea and dessert. Continue past the Ritz to Green Park Station.