St. James's Park

St. James's Park, London: Hours, Address, St. James's Park Reviews: 4.5/5

St. James's Park
4.5
05:00 - 00:00
Monday
05:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
05:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
05:00 - 00:00
Thursday
05:00 - 00:00
Friday
05:00 - 00:00
Saturday
05:00 - 00:00
Sunday
05:00 - 00:00
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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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
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 highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 6 min walk
  • Embankment • 8 min walk
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Lilac R
15 contributions
May 2022
This is an excellent and well maintained park with views over Buckingham Palace. Lovely in the sunshine - lots of ducks and pelicans to admire and a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of London.
Written 22 June 2022
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Amanda B
Houston, TX168 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Large park with a lot of pretty plants and wildlife. Plenty of green spaces and benches to sit on. Great place for a picnic
Written 21 June 2022
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Simon M
Kendal, UK108 contributions
Jun 2022
A beautiful park with the centre piece of the lake. There plenty of space to stop and chill out for a while. The mature trees and the wild areas are great for wild life. The waters birds had a lot of young just waiting to be photographed. The squirrels are always around as well. The pelicans on the lake are adorable, amazing to be in the centre of London. The cafe on the side of the lake has reasonable coffee and cakes, it serves hot meals too. It's a great connection between the Palace and House Guards.
Written 19 June 2022
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C Riddle
Kansas City, MO5 contributions
May 2022
If you go to Buckingham Palace, it's worthwhile to take the time to enjoy a relaxing stroll in this beautifully landscaped park. The park’s famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace are a familiar backdrop to pageants including Trooping the Colour, as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions. Enjoy impressive views of the lake and fountain from St James’s Café. Pelicans have lived in St James’s Park for nearly 400 years. They were originally presented as a gift from the Russian Ambassador to King Charles II. St James’s Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of nearly 57 acres.
Written 17 June 2022
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Salyslapcabbage
Cardiff, UK39 contributions
Jun 2022
One of the most relaxing parks I have been to . Very tranquil and beautiful lovely views of Buckingham Palace from the bridge and also lots of baby ducklings and signets when we were there so a bonus not to mention the Pelicans . Good toilet facilities and icecream ! lovely day ,w ell worth a visit .
Written 16 June 2022
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Hayley B
Widley, UK5 contributions
May 2022
We went to St James' park during the Jubilee celebrations, beautiful and a lovely place to walk around with all ages.
Written 15 June 2022
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Maureen398
Horsham, UK219 contributions
Jun 2022
Great place to walk around and take in your surroundings. When we visited there were lots of young birds with their parents, lovely to see.
Written 12 June 2022
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IrishRover
Pittsburgh, PA2,587 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Nice walk through the park from Buckingham Palace to Windsor. A little peace and quiet in the middle of the the city. Great city views from the walking patty’s and an overall joyful place
Written 11 June 2022
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JuliaCornwall
Newquay, UK74 contributions
Jun 2022
Lovely park with large lake with various water fowl in and around including pelicans and parakeets and squirrels in the trees! Plenty of grassed areas to sit and relax and a nice cafe to sit and have a coffee, snack or both!
Written 8 June 2022
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smalousek
Ashland, NE121 contributions
Jun 2022
We walked through the park on our way to Buckingham Palace. The grounds are beautiful. It was hard to get pictures and stuff the day we were there as there was a lot of security for the Queen's Jubilee. The bridge would be an exceptional place for pictures but they were moving people along across it so we could not stop to get any.
Written 8 June 2022
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