St. James'

Welcome to St. James's! St. James's is situated in the south eastern edge of Westminster, bordering the River Thames, with the City of London to the east and West End to the north.

St James's ward is home to Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St James's Park. The area to the north of St James's Park is predominantly commercial with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. Corporate offices in St James's include the global headquarters of BP. The auction house Christie's is based in King Street, and the surrounding streets contain a great many upmarket art and antique dealers. The north of the ward encompasses Covent Garden and the Strand with their many theatres and tourist attractions.

If you have a story or know any local history about St. James's, or if you have recently found a hidden gem, share with your neighbours in the 'your stories' tab below!

Welcome to St. James's! St. James's is situated in the south eastern edge of Westminster, bordering the River Thames, with the City of London to the east and West End to the north.

St James's ward is home to Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St James's Park. The area to the north of St James's Park is predominantly commercial with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. Corporate offices in St James's include the global headquarters of BP. The auction house Christie's is based in King Street, and the surrounding streets contain a great many upmarket art and antique dealers. The north of the ward encompasses Covent Garden and the Strand with their many theatres and tourist attractions.

If you have a story or know any local history about St. James's, or if you have recently found a hidden gem, share with your neighbours in the 'your stories' tab below!

  • It's in it to win it - Wild Street Estate

    almost 3 years ago
    Grosvenor recycle cheque bag logo square

    Wild Street estate is one of the first estates to receive a prize under the recycling reward scheme “It’s got to be in it to win it”.

    Wild Street estate has been awarded £500 to be spent on the community.

    If you are a resident of Wild Street estate you can now vote for what the money is spent on, the options are:

    · Fruit baskets for residents

    · Plants for residents

    · Rolled over to be spent in future

    If you are a resident of Wild Street estate you can vote online here or in person at the estate...

    Wild Street estate is one of the first estates to receive a prize under the recycling reward scheme “It’s got to be in it to win it”.

    Wild Street estate has been awarded £500 to be spent on the community.

    If you are a resident of Wild Street estate you can now vote for what the money is spent on, the options are:

    · Fruit baskets for residents

    · Plants for residents

    · Rolled over to be spent in future

    If you are a resident of Wild Street estate you can vote online here or in person at the estate office at Wild Street.
    Voting closes on Friday 25 March so make sure you vote before then!

    If you live on another estate visit the webpage to find out more about the rewards, see if you are included and how other estates are doing. You can suggest what reward money is spent on here.

    Wild Street estate will now start working towards its next reward. So please keep recycling and encouraging your neighbours to do the same.

    Information about what can and can’t be recycled can be found here.


  • In it to win it - Abbey Orchard Estate

    almost 3 years ago
    Grosvenor recycle cheque bag logo square

    Abbey Orchard estate is one of the first estates to receive a prize under the recycling reward scheme “It’s got to be in it to win it”.

    Abbey Orchard has been awarded £500 to be spent on the community.

    If you are a resident of Abbey Orchard estate you can now vote for what the money is spent on, the options are:

    · Cycle hoops for bicycles

    · New planters for residents

    · Rollover to use in future for new fencing around the basketball court

    You can vote online here or in person at the Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St...

    Abbey Orchard estate is one of the first estates to receive a prize under the recycling reward scheme “It’s got to be in it to win it”.

    Abbey Orchard has been awarded £500 to be spent on the community.

    If you are a resident of Abbey Orchard estate you can now vote for what the money is spent on, the options are:

    · Cycle hoops for bicycles

    · New planters for residents

    · Rollover to use in future for new fencing around the basketball court

    You can vote online here or in person at the Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's St, London SW1P 2DE.

    Voting closes on Friday 25 March so please make sure you vote before then!

    If you live on another estate in Westminster Visit the webpage to find out more about the rewards, see if you are included and how other estates are doing. You can suggest what you would like reward money to be spent on here.

    Abbey Orchard will now start working towards its next reward. So please keep recycling and encouraging your neighbours to do the same.

    Information about what can and can’t be recycled can be found here.
  • Your Priorities for St James's

    by Catherine, over 3 years ago

    Have you got an idea that could improve your local area? Is there a big issue you think we should all be talking about? What would make you more proud of the area you live or work in?

    We want to hear about your priorities so we can work together to achieve something great for your area.

    For example, if a priority is helping adults and young people into work, we can discuss together how to make services more visible in your area. If a priority is improved environment (plants, art, seating), residents and ward councillors can discuss the use of ward budgets. If a priority is to support and provide social activities for elderly people, we could take ideas forward together.

    Start the right conversations by clicking here and and letting us know what your top three priorities are and why.

    Have you got an idea that could improve your local area? Is there a big issue you think we should all be talking about? What would make you more proud of the area you live or work in?

    We want to hear about your priorities so we can work together to achieve something great for your area.

    For example, if a priority is helping adults and young people into work, we can discuss together how to make services more visible in your area. If a priority is improved environment (plants, art, seating), residents and ward councillors can discuss the use of ward budgets. If a priority is to support and provide social activities for elderly people, we could take ideas forward together.

    Start the right conversations by clicking here and and letting us know what your top three priorities are and why.

  • Ward Budget Projects in St. James's

    by Catherine, over 3 years ago

    Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.

    Local councillors have been given an annual budget since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards, from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.

    See below for recent projects.

    ...

    Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.

    Local councillors have been given an annual budget since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards, from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.

    See below for recent projects.


    Continuing from 2014-15


    South Westminster Community Choir contribution

    Provider: South Westminster Community Choir; Contribution: £2,449.80

    Alongside Tachbrook, Vincent Square and Warwick wards, funding has been allocated to ensure the continuation of the community choir.


    Sew Stylish

    Provider: The Abbey Centre; Contribution: £1,065

    Together with Churchill and Warwick ward members, the councillors are contributing to the costs of a Sewing course provided on a weekly basis at the Abbey Centre. A professional tailor will teach local people sewing skills, including how to repair and make alterations to garments and the project is aimed at benefitting members of the community on low household income.


    Heartstone TfL Project

    Provider: Heartstone; Contribution: £5,000

    The Chinese Community’s annual New Year celebrations in China Town were supported by the St James’s and West End councillors.


    Spirit in the City

    Provider: West End Churches; Contribution: £1,823

    The annual Spirit in the City festival’s venue costs were met by the St James’s and West End wards.


    2015-16



    SouthWestFest 2015 contribution (COMPLETE)

    Provider: SouthWest Fest; Cost: £1,773

    The funds will be used for the SouthWest Festival 2015 which collectively brings together more than 9,000 people through a series of events over the summer in South Westminster. This year the festival has had active involvement from of a number of groups in St James’ Ward and key events have taken place in the area. For more information on the Festival please visit www.southwestfest.org.uk.


    Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival (COMPLETE)

    Provider: Alternative Arts; Cost: £4,750

    Funding paid for the 40th anniversary of this annual event which took place on 10th May 2015. There were Punch & Judy performances throughout the day, live folk music, maypole dancing, puppet-making workshops and stalls run by local organisations and national charities with cakes, plants, crafts, toys & bric-a-brac.



    For more information on these projects please contact Janis Best at jbest@westminster.gov.uk