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St. James's Park

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Address: Horse Guards Road | The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ, England
Phone Number: 0300 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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Peace in the heart of it all

This park is so tranquil. I love all of the weeping willow trees and pond wildlife. It's a great place for pictures. Depending on where you stand in the park, you can capture... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This park is so tranquil. I love all of the weeping willow trees and pond wildlife. It's a great place for pictures. Depending on where you stand in the park, you can capture multiple landmarks in the background. Don't go to Buckingham Palace without enjoying a stroll through this beautiful park.

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Gavray, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Such a beautiful location in the middle of a busy city. It's charming and beautiful all at the same time. Squirrels eat out of your hands amazing.

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Whitby, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walked through the park a couple of times while going from several of London's attractions. It is nice, nothing to rave about but maybe since the busy city surrounds it it is probably a good respite for locals during busy days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is nice to walk around on a sunny day and maybe even a wet or cold one. The lake had lots of beautiful wild birds with many photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The park is located between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar square. It's a great place to walk through, with many ducks, swans and squirrels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a really great place to have a picnic, or eat lunch, or let your little one run around. It's a great place to take pictures. There is a beautiful pond with a fountain, it is quite lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the variety of ducks, geese and birds at St James. The information panels quickly help identify the wildlife and the planting is surprisingly lush and varied - Gladiolas, platanillo, cycas, alocacia then succulents and lavender. A rich palette to enjoy and kiosks for coffee and ice cream seal the deal. A fine park. Sun chairs available for rent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lovely park with a band and bandstand on a Sunday. A glorious view of Buckingham Palace from the bridge. A restuarant for snacks and beverages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely park- lots of wild birds on the water and squirrels which are very tame. Also wild parrakeets flying around which is good to see and hear. Refreshments are expensive (but it is in central London). Good place to have a picnic and rest your weary feet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We discovered St. James's Park quite by accident, but what a happy discovery it was! If birds and butterflies could design a perfect setting, this would be it. We saw many varieties of birds (several were unfamiliar to us), in optimum habitats. There was even a large, flat boulder in the lake, which several grebes found to be an excellent... More 

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