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St. James's Park

#10 of 1 568 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
05:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Lovely short stroll from our AMBA hotel at Charing Cross via Horseguards parade. Watched mounted soldiers leave for Buckingham palace to change the guard. Walked through the... read more

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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Lovely short stroll from our AMBA hotel at Charing Cross via Horseguards parade. Watched mounted soldiers leave for Buckingham palace to change the guard. Walked through the Royal park. Beautiful trees in spring blossom. Squirrel's feeding from your hand. Birds and duck's of all kind feeding by the lake. Lovely restaurant in Park for lunch. Very pleasant walk on sunny... More 

Thank Silversurferpb
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This peaceful walk offers lake views with fountains and waterfowl.The view from the Blue Bridge, which transects the lake between the Mall and Birdcage Walk, offers magnificent views along the lake with The London Eye rising above the trees and Duck Island in one direction and Buckingham Palace past West Island in the other direction. There are public restroom near... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

After spending the morning touring Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery & the mews my daughter and I spent a lovely few hours enjoying the serenity of St James's Park. Just a short stroll from the palace the park offers a lovely lake with an abundance of bird life, squirrels and lovely gardens. Plenty to photograph if you are a keen... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this place. Easy to access from horseguards and then you can walk up to the Palace. Cafes, ponds, wildlife and folk strolling. it is nice at any time of year.

Thank TartanWanderer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did a nice stroll through the park. I wouldn't say it is a specific attraction or that I would make a special trip. it's just a nice way to walk toward the palace. Very pretty and nice to see the citizens of the area making such good use of the green space.

Thank Alex D
Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There was a special event at Buckingham Palace that caused most of the roads in the area to be closed - so luckily we found ourselves wandering thru the park and stopping at the cafe hidden by a berm. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank ozarker2533
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were walking and the views are amazing. London is filled with great gems like this. Great for the family so take comfy shoes.

1 Thank LupitaRC
Enfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A marvellous refuge in the middle of the city where you can wander and enjoy the lake, the greenery and the wild-life.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a relaxing morning here prior to visiting the palace. It was so lovely and there were tons of areas to walk, sit, and relax.

1 Thank slidermuzz
Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St. James Park is a beautiful, peaceful haven despite the hubbub of a city. The fountains, the wildlife are gorgeous. Well maintained, and near to other tourist places, or somewhere to relax whether a tourist or local.

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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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