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St. James's Park

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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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Horse Guards Road | The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ, England
+44 300 061 2350
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This is a great place for a lunchtime wander. Flanked by some of the greatest buildings in London, and plenty of places to sit and relax (You have to be lucky to snare a bench seat in the summer) The walk around the outside edge...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank brianbenson
Reviewed yesterday

nice place to walk and appreciate nature .....birds and squirrels were surprisingly 'friendly'!!!! Ideal to explore after a visit to buckingham ...or before!!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

I almost spent everyday here this summer! Great place to take the kids, they can run around, chase pigeons, play football, frisbee, go on the paddling boats, have a picnic, roller skate.... the chairs cost about £2/3 for a set amount of hours but unless...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank champagne1jay
Reviewed yesterday

A great cafe and a beautiful park. Overlooks the London eye. Have not found the black swan, but there are pelicans too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Roberte0713
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A stunning piece of London. Right beside Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Horseguards Parade, Green Park and Westminster. Swans, pelicans, squirrels and wildlife galore in a beautifully designed park. The lovely little St James’ cafe serving snacks and drinks. Plenty of history in this well maintained,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chippa368
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is probably my favourite London park, and one of my regular detour walks into work. I normally go through it between 7:30 and 8am, and at that time you will be completely outnumbered by the birds! Different every day, and during the winter you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Martin D
Reviewed yesterday

I have the pleasure of walking through St James Park on my way to work each morning. It is just a wonderful park to enjoy in the heart of busy London. I love it for the walking paths, the cafes in the middle of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank olayinka247
Reviewed yesterday

Lovely to stroll through , and if you've been lucky enough to have been to Fotnum and Masons for lunch, walk it off through the park.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank londonlouise43
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It's a very nice place to walk through, especially in the summmer, when everything is green, on your way to Buckingham Palace, especially if you are a tourist.. There is a cafe where you can buy sandwiches, coffee, tea, ice-cream and snacks.. I do recomand...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tiberiu V
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a really nice time with family in the park. Children really enjoyed feeding the ducks and birds. Really nice place to spend time with family.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
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July 30, 2018|
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Response from 529arnes | Reviewed this property |
Just grab an available chair and the collectors will soon arrive - sometimes they are not around so that would be some spare cash to spend on a charity
July 30, 2018|
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timing of Horse Guards Parade and Changing of the Guards (19 Replies)
I noted that someone previously had stated on this forum that they do not try to make their way through the crowds at Buckingham Palace for Changing of the Guards, but instead they go to St. James Palace to see the guards assemble at 11:00. Then this poster (sorry, I don't know who) said they follow the guards/band until breaking off at Wellington Barracks to see the new regiment of guards as they set off with the band. Then go on to St. James Park for a stroll, and on to see the Horse Guards...More
March 26, 2015|
Response fromChristabel|
Just to clarify (and I can understand where the confusion arises) Horse Guards Parade is not a procession, it is the name of the parade ground where the changing of the mounted guards take place (and I'm another of those who think this is a far better spectacle than at Buckingham Palace). The horses you will see in the Royal Mews are carriage horses which will most likely be in their stables.
Couple of questions (23 Replies)
Hi. Arriving at Euston and the underground station I need to get to is St James Park. Which is the shortest route I could take? However I hate confined spaces so I'm also thinking of taking a taxi? Are there taxis outside Dust on and how much is this route likely to cost? Also which is a decent pub to eat in near Premier Inn Westminster Abbey? Thanks.
November 15, 2018|
Response fromStephenStone_12|
I think the best way would be Victoria line to Victoria st & change there to district or Circle line to St James Park. Personally I have never taken a taxi in central London as I no wish to spend money stuck in traffic
Henderson, Nevada
Oyster Card...Opionons Needed (10 Replies)
Hello; Will be travelling to London in a few weeks and staying in St. James area. We are only in town for 3 full days. Usually get the 7 day as my stays are usually closer to 5 days and longer. Wanting to see if everyone thinks the pay as you go option is best in this sense? Will I get my deposit back at Heathrow when returning my card? TIA
May 09, 2017|
Response fromparklandwalk|
Yes PAYG is better. If as it sounds you don't have a card you can use Apple/Android Pay or contactless cards instead. (If you'd used Oyster before and kept the card you could have just used that).