St James's Park

Price guide: Free

St James's Park, London

Price guide: Free

Daffodils in St James's Park - © VisitLondonImages/Pawel Libera
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#28 of 30
expert-rated things to do in London
Expert overall rating:3.3 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Travellers with pets, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of St James's Park

Take a breather in London's oldest Royal Park.

London's Royal Parks are one of its great delights - a chance to take a break from the sightseeing frenzy, admire spring flowers, summer grasses and autumn leaves, and contemplate a very English scene of cyclists, picnickers and officeworkers dozing in deckchairs. There may even be a brass band playing. St James's Park is the oldest of them all, created in 1536 as a deer park where King Henry VIII could hunt. Today it's surrounded by regal sights including Buckingham Palace, the tree-lined ceremonial route of The Mall, and Horseguard's Parade. My advice is simple: just take a seat, maybe track down the pelicans that have been a feature of the park since 1684, or stretch the legs by continuing west into the equally enjoyable Green Park.

Expert tips: 
From March to October you can sit in a deckchair - they cost from £1.50 for an hour, just pay the roving attendant.
Got kids? Take them to see the pelicans being fed daily near Duck Island Cottage, from 2.30pm-3pm.

More information on St James's Park:

Price guide:
Park / garden, Playground
St James's Park, London
0207 930 1793
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
5am-midnight every day.

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