St James's Park

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Feeding the pelicans © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
© Greywolf, The Royal Parks
© Anne Marie Briscombe
© Edward Parker
Changing of the Guard © Edward Parker
Buckingham Palace © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
Horse Guard's Parade © Rene Mansi
Snowdrops © Indusfoto, Royal Parks
© Jenn Leung
St James's Park

St James's Park was founded as a deer park for the royal occupants of St James's Palace, and remodelled by John Nash on the orders of George IV. The central lake is home to numerous species of wildfowl, including pelicans that have been kept here since the 17th century, when the Russian ambassador donated several of the bag-jawed birds to Charles II. The pelicans are fed between 2.30pm and 3pm daily, though they have been known to supplement their diet at other times of the day with the occasional pigeon. The bridge over the lake offers very snappable views of Buckingham Palace (head that way and you'll see Green Park, the beginning of a relaxing stroll that will take you under trees as far as Hyde Park Corner). Along the north side of the park, the Mall connects Buckingham Palace with Trafalgar Square. It looks like a classic processional route, but the Mall was actually laid out as a pitch for Charles II to play 'paille-maille' (an early version of croquet imported from France) after the pitch at Pall Mall became too crowded. On the south side of the St James's Park, Wellington Barracks contains the Guards Museum; to the east, Horse Guards contains the Household Cavalry Museum.

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Venue name: St James's Park
Address: Horse Guards Parade
Opening hours: Daily 5am-midnight
Transport: Tube: St James’s Park/ Charing Cross/ Westminster
Price: Free
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Julie R

This is a beautiful little park right in the heart of Westminster.  Very popular with tourists in the Summer due to it's close proximity with Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

It has a variety of wildlife, including the famous pelicans.  Apparently, three pelicans are always kept there and another pelican one day fancied the look of the place, so he came to join them, but this one is free to come and go as he pleases.

There is a fantastic view from the blue bridge although people tend to prefer a picture with the backdrop of the London Eye rather than Buckingham Palace.

Quite often you can hear the Queen's Guard's band practicing across the road in Wellington Barracks and the guards regular march up Birdcage Walk or The Mall to and from Buckingham Palace.

Shona R

St James’s Park is certainly not London’s biggest or most famous inner city green space, but it is the most beautiful. It is also surrounded by iconic London landmarks.

The park is bounded byBuckingham Palaceto the west,The Mallto the north,Horse Guardsto the east, andBirdcage Walkto the south. It meets Green Park at Queen's Gardens with theVictoria Memorialat its centre, opposite the entrance to Buckingham Palace.St. James's Palacelies on the opposite side of The Mall.

The park itself is incredibly beautiful with lakes, bridges, flower gardens, open spaces and a restaurant in the middle (Inn The Park). It is a park that can suck up many hours of the day.

Ros A

St James Park is small but only in comparison to its big brothers, Hyde and Green. This gorgeous park is well kept and has fantastic views of Buckingham Palace. It also grabs a lovely sunset on occasion in the Summer. I love it and it's one of my favourites in the whole city. 


I love this park, small enough to walk around in about 30 mins but located right in the heart of London. Wonderful views from the bridge and a really good shortcut to get from the West End to Victoria or The Palace to Scotland Yard, I always take every opportunity to walk through here as often as i can.

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A small, but lovely park in the heart of London, which is well-positioned near Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and Trafalgar Square. See if you can spot the pelicans nesting in the middle of the lake.