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St. James's Park

#11 of 1,527 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
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05:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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My favorite place in all of London!

For a traditional London park experience you can't go past St James's. The swans on the water with the palace in the background - you cannot get more English than that!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For a traditional London park experience you can't go past St James's. The swans on the water with the palace in the background - you cannot get more English than that!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Located right across Buckingham Palace, this is a very nice relatively small park with a lovely pond and lots of feathery inhabitants. It makes for a nice stroll in the midst of hectic London.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

St James's Park is beautiful. Great views of the Palace & other royal buildings. Spring time is the best with daffodils and blossoms, ducklings and the odd pelican. Swans etc. Squirrels will beg for food and generally entertain. The park is small enough for a family to just stroll along and relax. Good cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely walk up to Buckingham Palace from Big Ben through the park. great to see the pelicans and other birds. Really funny to see a foreign tourist trying to catch a squirrel as they had never seen one before !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great park located centrally in London. If the weather's good, it's usually a bit crowded, but not as much as say Hyde Park, and you can still find somewhere to relax and hang out. You can get some great pictures of both the scenery and of animals and birds.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My favourite of the major London parks, this is much more than just an open expanse. Undulating, tree covered and with a lovely little reservoir, this is particularly pretty in the snow!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St James park is stunning during all seasons. You will always see lots of wildlife around and the ducks and swans are such fun to watch. Lots of benches perfect for picnics

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The park is a nice escape during summer time from the over -crowded Hyde park. If you like a quieter place St Jame's Park is the place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice small park with an astonishing variety of bird life in and around the water features. Beautiful and relaxing, especially on a clear day. Bathrooms available at the small restaurant were a plus.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful grounds. Lots of wildlife. Fantastic photo opportunities around water. Squirrels are used to people & take food then run away- very cute to watch. Toilets & cafes for drinks spotted around the park. We went to Buckingham Palace then walked across road to these gardens and walked towards the Calvary area and horse / guards photo opportunity ( check... More 

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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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