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Review of St. James's Park

St. James's Park
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Royal London Walking Tour Including Changing of the Horse Guard Ceremony
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Private Tour: London Walking Tour
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
Ranked #10 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 5, 2013

We had lunch in the restaurant which comprised honey glazed chicken and sweet potato with a glass of red for £10.50. The wine was a bit acid, and a little salad or more veg would have added to the meal for little cost. Toilets available, busy.

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

St James's Park was once a Royal hunting park in the centre of London. Today the park offers a truly beautiful environment for visitors of all ages. The lake is impressive and there are fantastic views from the bridge across the lake looking towards Whitehall. The view is reminiscent of Camelot! The park is maintained to a high standard with beautiful flower beds, green lawns and well-maintained paths bordering the lake. Look out for a wide range of domesticated and wild ducks/geese on the lake. Children will enjoy feeding the ducks on the Pall Mall (north) side of the park towards Whitehall. Text panels mounted around the lake assist visitors with the identification of the ducks that can be seen on the lake. Deck chairs are available during the summer months. There are catering facilities within the park ranging from a proper cafe to a waffle stall. Be warned that the park gets especially busy during the Spring and Summer immediately following the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. A great place to 'chill out', admire some beautiful views and plants and generally watch the world go by. There is a playground for children at the Buckingham Palace end of the park.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

That’s what I’ve heard all my life, and the parks in London confirmed it. St. James Park is on the walking tours in the Westminster/White Hall area and is easy to find. If you’ve just toured Westminster Abbey, go North past Methodist Central Hall. When you come to the name of a street you’ll never forget (Birdcage Walk), take a left. The park will be on your right, but keep walking to one of the main entrances where a large map of the park is located.

St. James Park is a real respite from city life. It’s not a formal garden but it’s the perfect answer if you’ve been around a lot of concrete and steel and need a break. There are many paths that criss-cross through the park, and you can also make a circle around the lake. You can even see Buckingham Palace past the far end of the lake. You can stay for as long or as short as you would like (with no charge), but it took some perseverance to move on to more sights, as May is a time of exquisite colors and green, green grass in the park.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Out of the Buckingham Palace? Please go directly to the St James Park. It has a small lake in the park, beautiful flowers and trees, perfect place for children to feed different animals and get to know them better, have for example some bread or apple with you. Oh, the air in the park is perfectly fresh.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Very pretty, beautiful surroundings/gardens, large and so nice to visit during a lunchtime away from the office.

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