St. James's Park
St. James's Park
4.5
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
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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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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Walk after the Palace
    After visiting Buckingham Palace, we walked through the park on the way to the Churchill War Rooms. Though crowded, it is well maintained, with a nice cafe about halfway through the park. There’s a lot of ducks and geese, so much poo everywhere. Definitely a pleasant stroll thru a lovely park, and a rewarding thoroughfare to other sites.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • lamarbradley
    Nashville, Tennessee1,232 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited this on the way to Buckingham Palace
    This was an unexpected part of an Evan Evans tour of London. We were on the way to see Buckingham Palace and our tour guide took us through this park. Very nice and we were able to see a guard on horseback as well as beautiful views. Very tranquil.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • WWW-Wanderlust
    1,203 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite London park
    Without doubt our favorite London park, close to Buckingham and within a short reach from Westminster Abbey and the Royal Horse Guards to name a few. This park is divided by a lovely pond and there is plenty of opportunity to sit on one of the many park benches. There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy a drink. Great park to escape the hustle and buste of a busy city.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 June 2023
  • FairyGodmother2000
    Beaufort, South Carolina243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss the White Pelicans of St. James Park
    On a lovely June day, we were strolling the park and had a magical surprise-- the white pelicans who live in St. James Park. Our timing was perfect since it was feeding time so we could watch them catch their dinner. Simply fabulous.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates8,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent park
    This park is between Buckingham Palace and Whitehall and also offers views of the London Eye. Parliament Square is also only a short walk away. There is a large lake in the centre - lots of bird life, including swans, geese and pelicans - and other wildlife. A very well located park. Free to enter and a great place to catch your breath of exploring the central London sights.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,028 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful park for all
    Fantastic park to walk around and explore, located next to Buckingham Palace. Lots of local people going about their daily life and lots of tourist. Park is very well maintained and has a wonderful lake with some ducks and other bird life. Very peaceful park right next to the heart of London.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Tore M
    Mandal, Norway224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for a walk to stress down
    Quiet and nice walk around the small lake. A lot of birds, squirrels around. Fed by humans even if signs tell not to. But feeding birds attracts rats and they were there running in open at daytime. But a nice park between Buckingham and Horse Guards
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • VJ
    Kokkola, Finland56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pelicans
    It took about 30 minutes to explore the whole park. There were plenty of greylag geese and other birds around the lake. I also saw pelicans sitting on a rock near the duck island.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Anthony S
    Brisbane, Australia1,838 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wander the gardens and admire the birds
    This is a stunning park in central London close to Buckingham Palace and a lovely retreat from the streets. There are plenty of lawns and trees surrounding a lake filled with exotic waterfowl. It’s a pleasant stroll around the lake.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Dave Puls
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing park in centre of London
    This is an amazing and beautiful park, right in the centre of London, by Buckingham Palace. Lovely lake to walk around, with an amazing range of waterbirds - we saw pelicans and Hawaian geese. Easy to access from St James's Park tube station. Free entry, but rather crowded on Saturday.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,786 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This fairly large park runs parallel to The Mall from Buckingham Palace. It has a lake which makes it quite peaceful. Other than the geese and ducks who had chicks when we visited.

You'll also find a fountain, pelicans, cottage, roses, large trees and squirrels.

A lovely stroll on a sunny day.
Written 26 May 2024
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Joshane615
Australia522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The St James Park near Buckingham Palace is absolutely gorgeous. The gardens were so pretty to look at. It was so relaxing and peaceful walking through the park after the crowds at the palace. Thoroughly enjoyed.
FYI. We had to use the bathroom facilities there and it cost .20p to use the toilets.
Written 25 May 2024
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Wonderful place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, with lots of greenery, assorted paths and many benches to rest on under large shady trees. Friendly squirrels and pigeons are everywhere, ducks, geese, swans and even pelicans gather in and around the lake.
I recommend visiting the Blue Bridge spanning across the lake.
Even on a cloudy drizzly day, the bridge provides a great photo opportunity of the London Eye on one side and the Buckingham Palace on the other. The only negative was endless procession of large groups of school children posing for photos.
Written 24 May 2024
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Nihad M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I love it, its very nice homey place, i love the cat at the reception, very quiet place, no construction or main street noise, very friendly staff, free delicious breakfast and dinner, and they are animals friendly which makes it vrey homey place. I will alwsys recomend it.
Nihad
Written 19 May 2024
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Franziska Dietrich
Quedlinburg, Germany30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
There is something for everyone to do in London. But it's also a big, busy, noisy, and not always clean place. That's where St. James Park comes in. It's right across the street from famous places like Buckingham Palace and a great place to get away from the noise and chaos of the city. The park is a lovely haven with winding paths, pretty ponds full of birds, and beautiful trees. You can plan your visit around the fact that it has many entrances and exits. I really think you should plan to spend a few hours here while you're in London. In the middle of the city, it's a nice change of pace.
Written 7 May 2024
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Mayajane81
Scarborough, UK220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A quick morning walk around the park is never a bad thing. When I'm nearby, I walk through and always see something different and just enjoy the open space.
Written 26 April 2024
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
One of the smaller parks, so not as easy to get lost, but still plenty to see. The flowers were beautiful, lots of squirrels and birds, and the fountains prompt many photos. Very easy to access if you are near the Palace , perfect on a warm day to have a break from sightseeing. Minutes from Trafalgar Square
Written 14 April 2024
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Dawn H-M
Epsom, UK531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We have spent many an hour sitting in St James’s Park. On many different occasions. There is always something to see no matter what time of the day you go. As the time passes, you can actually see the difference in those walking through the park, the daytime rush starts to slow as those that are out for the evening arrive and pass through. Time allowing don’t forget to take a little duck food with you and relax as you feed the ducks there.
Written 9 April 2024
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helensims61
Wark, UK628 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Came to London on a mystery tour weekend had 6 hours to go around. As it was a nice day thought I would take a walk in the park. Not to busy, good to see people enjoying the park. Loved see some small children wonder in the daffodils. Worth a visit if you have time
Written 18 March 2024
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is one of the loveliest Royal Parks and is best visited in March/April when the spring flowers are out and the early leaves are bright green. Also walk through in the morning to see the military bands and guards outside Buckingham Palace. There is a large lake and plenty of swamis, geese and ducks. Not much in the way of benches however.
Written 16 March 2024
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