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St. James's Park

#11 of 1,527 things to do in London
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Address: Horse Guards Road | The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ, England
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+44 300 061 2350
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5:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 12:00 am
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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This is a beautiful place to walk around and a relaxing part of London to just stroll through you may even encounter some squirrels as well as the ducks.

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful place to walk around and a relaxing part of London to just stroll through you may even encounter some squirrels as well as the ducks.

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Ploiesti, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most beautiful parks in Europe, definitely! Free animals run around you: squirrels, ducks etc. Always remember to bring a peanut box with you, you will have an amazing experience and wonderful pictures!

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Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the places which you must visit as part of London Tour. Especially during sunny days and when park is crowded with many people, cyclist, pets, relaxing and enjoining in park's beauty between City rounds.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's great to be in the hustle and bustle of the city, however it is also nice to take a break once in a while. Finding myself with time to spare I decided to walk through St James's Park instead of getting the tube. It was a fresh winters day and delightful. The park was calming and relaxing despite the... More 

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

This is a very well kept park with brilliant views of Buckingham Palace one side and the London Eye and the Big Ben on the other. On a nice sunny day, you can even sit on the grass and have a picnic and watch the world go by. The pond hosts an array of bird life and the ambiance is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this park is in front of Buckingham palace it has a big lake full of wildlife all different kinds of birds, plenty of places to get hot/cold drinks and snacks. There is a restaurant has well park for kids and in the summer they have deck chairs out .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For a traditional London park experience you can't go past St James's. The swans on the water with the palace in the background - you cannot get more English than that!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Located right across Buckingham Palace, this is a very nice relatively small park with a lovely pond and lots of feathery inhabitants. It makes for a nice stroll in the midst of hectic London.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St James's Park is beautiful. Great views of the Palace & other royal buildings. Spring time is the best with daffodils and blossoms, ducklings and the odd pelican. Swans etc. Squirrels will beg for food and generally entertain. The park is small enough for a family to just stroll along and relax. Good cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely walk up to Buckingham Palace from Big Ben through the park. great to see the pelicans and other birds. Really funny to see a foreign tourist trying to catch a squirrel as they had never seen one before !

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