When touring London, it would be highly unlikely that you won't stumble upon St. James's Park while exploring all of the city's landmarks and attractions.
This jewel of a park stretches between the Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace alongside the Mall, which is the Queens' ceremonial route from Buckingham Palace. It is also not far from Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. You can take advantage of this fact and enjoy a stroll through St. James's Park while you are visiting some of these other famous sites.
St. James's is the oldest of The Royal Parks, its origins going all the way back to 1532 when the area was purchased by Henry VIII. It inspired the development of many other urban parks and green spaces, both in London and in other major cities around the world.
The park features a small lake containing two islands that are home to a large collection of waterfowl including a colony of pelicans that were introduced in 1664 as a gift from a Russian ambassador.
Other park amenities include a bandstand, a children's playground, a couple of Refreshment Points offering hot and cold snacks and drinks, and Inn The Park which features a full licensed restaurant and take-out.
You can find out more about St. James's Park, its features and amenities from the official website linked above.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: St. James's ParkFee: No
May differ on holidays
- 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
Address: London SW1A 2BJ, UK
Phone: 0300 061 2350
Official Website: St. James's Park
Ratedout of 5
Beautiful park in the center of London with plenty of nice walkways and relaxing atmosphere. There are plenty of ducks, pelicans and of course the “famous” friendly squirrels. The perfect place to take a break and relax while walking around London.
Nikos Kapsomenakis - 1 year ago
One of my favourite places in London ❤️ always beautiful and calming. The animals are wonderful; squirrels, pelicans, ducks, and lot of other birds I don't know by name. Such a good experience! Definitely recommended.
E. Júlia Török - 17 days ago
Loved walking through here. Loads of birds and if you hear closely, you might hear woodpeckers chipping away at the tree trunks. And the trees!! they are so huge and majestic! Kinda make you wonder all the history that they have witnessed over the years.
Kaustubh Donde - 1 month ago
A nice park to take a walk near Buckingham Palace. It’s a nice way to walk from the palace to the Big Ben! There were a lot of animals in the park while I was there :)
Niki Pompert - 15 days ago
Lovely park with a lake in central London with many tourist attractions around. Good place to have some relaxing time in this beautiful atmosphere between walk. We can witness squirrels and ducks along. To use the park chairs, need to pay based on hours of usage.
Roselin Florencia - 2 months ago
Accommodations near St. James's Park:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Circle Line||St.James's Park||2 Minutes|
|Circle, District and Jubilee Line||Westminster||6 MInutes|
|Northern and Bakerloo Line||Charing Cross||7 MInutes|
How to get to St. James's Park by Tube
From St. James's Park Station exit north onto Queen Anne's Gate and follow it north to the Park.
From Charing Cross Station exit to Trafalger Square and exit the roundabout onto The Mall and follow it to the park.
From Westminster Station take Exit 6 and go left out of the underpass, then go right on Great George Street and follow it to the park.
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