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St. James's Park

#10 of 1,589 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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Lovely park to visit any time of the day

The park is huge and very well maintained. Very spacious for a run or picnic during a sunny day. A lot of nature near at the pond area with swans, ducks, squirrels and lovely... read more

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4 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The park is huge and very well maintained. Very spacious for a run or picnic during a sunny day. A lot of nature near at the pond area with swans, ducks, squirrels and lovely flora n fauna. The park links to Buckingham palace for the guard changing parade and horse parade at the other end. Park is also pretty safe... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful flowers abound with many variations of birds located throughout the park and the pond. It's a pleasant walk to see the major tourists sites.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

a beautiful walk, lots of wild life the squirrels eat out of your hand, the flowers smell amazing fabulous for photographs, we started from Buckingham Palace and came out at the horse guards just in time for changing of the guards

Thank Tina D
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In all my visits to london I have never discovered St.James Park. Visited today and it is a beautiful quiet spot right next to Pall Mall and Buckingham Palace. Weather was lovely and we had lunch at the Inn on the centre of the park. Great spot. Lots of people having picnics and deck chairs were also available for hire.... More 

Thank Cowtoastie
Prague, Czech Republic
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We just walked through the park and it was SOOO BEAUTIFUL! Everything was in blossom and i just loved all these squirrels you can feed and all other birds you can see around. Just go there for a walk you will not regret!

1 Thank MrsDariaP
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a nice place, good for a walk has like a lake and it was peaceful when I visited, lots of green area

Thank _walesmejones
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

St James's Park is beside Buckingham Palace and a nice retreat after walking around some of the busier streets of London. The flowers are lovely too. A nice place to relax!

1 Thank champkis
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

St Jame's Park is amazing, colorful, with lots of different birds that are freely living in the lake, there is a coffee shop in the center of the park and a free toilet. Plenty of seats and a very peaceful spot.

Thank Autum2013
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved this park. I started my walk through the park near Buckingham Palace. This walk will take you through beautiful greenery, flower gardens and duck filled ponds. It makes for a wonderful picnic.

1 Thank vin_briegel
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Defintly suggest to take a moment while traveling and visiting this park or any other park for that... many things to explore within the park it self or just a relaxing lounging on the lawn with a picnic.

1 Thank AJAL1982

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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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