St James Quarter: Everything we know about the brand new St James Quarter in Edinburgh due to open its doors in 2021

As we prepare to welcome the 1.7 million square feet development into our capital, here is a rundown of everything you need to know about the St James Quarter.
St James Quarter Edinburgh, W Hotel topping out.St James Quarter Edinburgh, W Hotel topping out.
St James Quarter Edinburgh, W Hotel topping out.

From the expected opening date to a selection of shops and restaurants, this run-down will help answer what you want to know about the highly anticipated £1 billion development located in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre.

What shops will there be?

With 85 shops on offers, the St James Quarter will be a cornucopia of retail delights.

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Clothing stores include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Russell & Bromley.

Other stores include H&M, Zara, Next and JD Sports.

Popular shops such as Bershka, & Other Stories, Stradivarius, Mango and Pull & Bear have also been confirmed.

For accessories and jewellery, the development will include Pandora, Goldsmiths and Rituals.

Health and beauty stores include Boots, Superdrug and the Body Shop.

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The John Lewis store that was attached to the old St James Centre will also be expanded.

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What restaurants are on offer?

30 restaurants have been confirmed for the new shopping centre.

Bonnie & Wild will offer an artisanal food hall consisting of a variety of artisan butchers, fishmongers, grocers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers and bakeries.

The Alchemist- a creative cocktail bar and restaurant- will also open.

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Five Guys and @pizza will allow guests to enjoy gourmet fast food dining.

Bross Bagels will also join the development.

Yo! Sushi had initially secured a spot in the shopping centre, however, has now dropped out due to financial issues triggered by Covid-19.

What entertainment venues can we visit?

A five-screen Everyman Cinema, will open in the development offering conference facilities as well as films.

What hotels will can we stay at?

There will be a Roomzzz Aparthotel on the premises which will provide 75 rooms which are suitable for guests to stay anywhere from a night to a whole year.

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There will also be a W Hotel with its distinctive “ribbon” exterior and 244 bedrooms.

The hotel will have a rooftop bar, outdoor terrace, spa, restaurant and event space.

When will St James Quarter open?

St James Quarter is set to open soon after Easter 2021, except from the W Hotel, which is scheduled for 2022.

For a full list of shops and restaurants, you can visit the development’s site

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