St James’s, one of London’s most original and compelling districts, has a long-established reputation as home to the city’s most influential collection of art and design galleries including the Royal Academy of Arts, the ICA and Christies. This October the doors to some of these one of kind galleries are open wide to visitors in a series of specially curated walks.

On the 19th and 21st of October, St James’s will be joining forces with Wallpaper* magazine to offer access to contemporary art and design galleries. Beginning at the Royal Academy’s private Academicians’ Room and ending at the newly renovated ICA bar these self-guided walks will showcase the best of St James’s contemporary galleries allowing the visitor to St James’s to become immersed in the thriving art scene.

Highlights on the walk, which has been curated by the art and design team at Wallpaper*, will include Michael Craig-Martin’s drawings of modernist architecture at Alan Cristea, Catherine Opie’s portraits and landscapes at Thomas Dane and a group show exploring the decline of the post-war American dream at White Cube Mason’s Yard. A digital map can be downloaded to allow visitors to follow the route as they pass through the streets of St James’s and each gallery will have a curator or docent on hand to answer questions.

Tickets to the walks are free of charge and members of the public will be able to sign up for allocated time slots from mid-October through this link www.wallpaper.com/stjamesartanddesign