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St. James's Park

#11 of 1 533 things to do in London
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Address: Horse Guards Road | The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ, England
Phone Number:
+44 300 061 2350
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05:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This 90-acre park, the oldest Royal Park in London, features a large lake...

This 90-acre park, the oldest Royal Park in London, features a large lake that is a wildlife sanctuary for ducks, geese, swans and even pelicans.

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A Really Lovely Park

We took our daughter to the playground after Horse Guards Parade which is fantastic: It suits most ages and is overlooked by Buckingham Palace, a really lovely play area with... read more

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Stafford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took our daughter to the playground after Horse Guards Parade which is fantastic: It suits most ages and is overlooked by Buckingham Palace, a really lovely play area with snacks available. The park overall is fantastic, lots of wildlife, though we didn't see the pelicans, perfect for families

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed right near this nice little park while in London. Walked through it almost daily and enjoyed the birds and the scenery even though it is winter. Lots of walking paths, different birds and lots of tourists as well. A point to make and questions to ask: Park can get dark at night as many paths do not have lighting.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a twitcher I was looking for places to work in some birding in between tourist stuff. This is a great spot for that. Little Grebes were definitely a highlight for me. One afternoon I grabbed a decent sandwich from the little stand and had a nice picnic.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love walking through parks and this one is not an exception! So big, lots of greenery and a beautiful lake.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice park in the middle of London. Just stroll through it and enjoy the views. Really just a nice place.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the best parks in London to sit and watch the world go by. Good cafe if you want a meal out but vey busy so make reservastion. Pelican Island is worth seeing, plenty of birds. Right in the centre of London, must see really xx

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Many things to do when traveling, but things that make it fun, when surprisingly you find what makes it simple and memorable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed walking through the park on our way from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace and then on to Green Park Tube stop. There are gorgeous views along the way and lots of squirrels and ducks to watch. There's a nice children's playground down the Buckingham Palace end and if you're lucky you might see some of the guards on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice place and promenade. So british ! Not to long and very interesting. In summer you may rent a chair. Kiosque with drinks and ice cream.

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Eastpointe, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful park with lots of wildlife. Nice people doing all kinds of activities, cool atmosphere!

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Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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