St James's Park

Address: St James's Park, London, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0207 930 1793

- Free


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Travellers with pets
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Nature / wildlife