St James's Park

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

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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.

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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

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