Green Park

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Green Park
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The green, triangle-shaped expanse of leafy land just beyond the Ritz is Green Park. Penned in at two corners by St James's Park and Hyde Park, it was enclosed by Charles II in 1668 as a hunting ground before opening to the public in 1826. Today, the mini park plays host to lunching commuters and tourists in almost equal measure; the latter often found to be lounging on Green Park's alluring stripy deckchairs before being stung with a small fee by the roaming ticket man. There's not a great deal to see or do in the park (other than a small kiosk) but it's the central locaton of Green Park, rather than attractions, that make it so appealing.


Venue name: Green Park
Address: Piccadilly
Transport: Tube: Green Park
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Green park is often underestimated as it is the only royal park without a body of water or play park, nor does it have formal flower beds, rumour has it Charles the II's wife Catherine found him picking flowers for his mistress and ordered the removal of all the flower beds. What it does have however, is around 250 thousand daffodils that bloom very shortly every year in Spring, as well as being home to Britain's rarest native timber trees the Black Poplar so definitely worth a visit. 


This often forgotten park is quite nice for a meander. It does feel like you are stepping into a beacon of calm- it is mostly frequented by tourists due to its proximity to big attractions. And the fact most locals if in the area would probably go to St James park (prettier) or Hyde Park- larger less touristy. 

But from time to time it is nice to step away from the buz of London and forget it all to relax here. 

Ros A

I used to live in the vicinity (lucky me, how times have changed!) and I would often run around Green Park. It's not the biggest, and as Kate (below) says, it's not the tidiest but it's super leafy - lots of trees, lots of grass, and it's a real haven from the buzz of central London. I hope it never changes! 

Kate Rushton

I love Green Park. It is not the most beautiful park or the tidiest. But, it is close to my work's HQ and is the perfect place to unwind and relax.