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St. James's Park

#10 of 1,558 things to do in London
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Address: Horse Guards Road | The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ, England
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+44 300 061 2350
05:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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St James park is always nice on the walk to Buckingham palace, stop at he little cafe for a drink or a bite to eat

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

St James park is always nice on the walk to Buckingham palace, stop at he little cafe for a drink or a bite to eat

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

walked through here on the way to Victoria coach station. Our daughter loved all the wildlife. There is a cafe there but we didnt use it on this occasion

Thank John E
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We take all our visitors to London through St James Park after seeing Buckingham Palace and on the way to Horseguards parade and Downing Street. The park is well kept and the boarders always full of flowers. The squirrels are friendly too. We like the cafe in the middle and you can sit on the roof garden in the summer.

1 Thank Marlene P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I actually enjoyed this park more than Hyde! It really is quite a lovely green space to either wander through or snag a spot and have a picnic. The water and foundations were beautiful and it was nice to "get out of the city" while still being very close to Buckingham Palace. The birds are fed human food so often... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fab for all, free and a must see. Could have spent a day here so we targeted our trip. Well displayed, great facilities and literally outside of South Kensington Tube.

Thank hobitess
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place away from the hustle of the city, but not to far to walk. large open areas with lakes and wildlife. Great for people watching

Thank Phil C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked through St. James Park after visiting the Buckingham Palace. St. James is a real beautiful park. You find a lot of nice small lakes, flowers and animals. You can also take some nice pics from Buckingham from there.

1 Thank Tobias S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I missed out on this park for years because it is so close to Hyde park that I bypassed it. My favourite moment was walking home after a lovely sunny day in the park as the sunset and taking in the views from the lakes bridge. Buckingham palace looked like a disney palace when obscured by trees. And london eye... More 

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked the entire length of St James' Park and ended up in Horse Guard's Parade Ground. This is a really nice part of London and seemed to be fulll of many different types of people all relaxing and generally having a nice mooch around. We were alos blessed with really nice weather...which does obvioulsy help!!

Thank Russell C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On a nice sunny day escape the hustle and bustle wander through the grounds of the park see the squirrels and ducks in the pond the lovely fragrant plants very relaxing

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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.
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