St. James's Park

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St. James's Park Westminster's St. James's Park is near London attractions like Buckingham Palace & Parliament. Check out Party Earth for details on this historic London park. London England 51.5020907185114 -0.133895830688482
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Party Earth Review The oldest of the Royal Parks of London, fifty-eight acre St. James’s Park attracts more than five million visitors annually thanks to its proximity to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Horse Guards... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

    Westminster
  • Address:

    St. James’s Park
    London SW1H

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  • Tube:

    Circle, District Lines: St. James’s Park; Circle, District, Jubilee Lines: Westminster

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth St. James's Park Review

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Westminster's St. James's Park is near London attractions like Buckingham Palace & Parliament. Check out Party Earth for details on this historic London park.

The oldest of the Royal Parks of London, fifty-eight acre St. James’s Park attracts more than five million visitors annually thanks to its proximity to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Horse Guards Parade grounds, and several other signature London destinations.

The name comes from a bygone leper hospital, which formerly occupied the grounds where St. James’s Palace – located just north of the park – has stood for nearly five centuries and remains an active royal property.

Bounded by such regal architecture, it’s no surprise that the area is chockfull of tourists; their cameras popping away at the looming shadow of the London Eye Ferris wheel, the daily Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham, or the array of ceremonial processions that take place down The Mall, a beautiful rust-colored boulevard that runs along the park’s northern edge.

The lake at the park’s center is a very popular destination for lunchtime picnickers when the weather cooperates, while even the foggiest days see avid athletes kicking a ball around the lawns and birders getting their feathered fix from the variety of ducks, geese, and swans that commingle with a colony of pelicans that have occupied the grounds since the 1600s.

The Inn The Park café, meanwhile, provides a wonderful year-round – albeit pun-heavy – spot to grab a nosh in a modern but cozy building that was designed to blend with the natural surroundings.

Bustling with a pleasant, unhurried energy, St. James’s Park is a wonderful locale for anyone to enjoy the beauty and history that make London such a singular destination.

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Tip from Emma:

Look for the clock overlooking the Horse Guards Parade grounds on the park’s eastern edge. The ‘2’ has a black background, believed to pay tribute to Charles I, England’s last absolute monarch who was beheaded at the Banqueting House just opposite the grounds.

  • Crowd

    Tourists, families, joggers, birders, and nature lovers of all types. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playground, deckchair rental (March to October), the Changing of the Guard, daily pelican feedings, guided walks, and free lunchtime/early evening concerts. Check the website for upcoming events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Inn the Park, located west of Horse Guards Parade, offers magnificent views of Duck Island and a contemporary British menu. Refreshment stands around the park serve coffee, ice cream, snacks, and sandwiches.

  • Prices

    Free admission. Deckchairs £1.50+. Inn the Park: snacks £3.50+, appetizers £5.50+, entrées £13.50+, desserts £6+. Beer £3.50+, wine £4+, cocktails £7.25+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: fitness attire, seasonal sportswear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sunny days or any day that’s at least slightly less cloudy than the London norm.

  • Close By

    Buckingham Palace offers tours late July through late September when the Queen is at her summer residence.

St. James's Park User Reviews

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Believe in Tomorrow in St. James's Park
nati t. Jul 5, 2013
Audrey Hepburn once said "to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow". She definitely didn't think about St. James's Park, but she also didn´t imagine how many stories that would last forever started there. Thousands of men and women walk, run, ride and just sit at this magnificent english spot. I'm not going to talk about all the trees, animals and architectural features one may find there, but I do want you to tell you about the experience you could be missing.This is not just a park, many would say, it's one of the major parks in the world, the envy of many main cities all around the world. Next to the turbulent, but unique and sophisticated, city that London may seem, there's this oasis of tranquility and purity which charms any guest providing them a perfect spiritual equilibrium that can make anyone believe in tomorrow - no any tomorrow, but a better tomorrow than the one we can imagine.
Cozy & lovely park
Yu S. Feb 10, 2013
It is the most beautiful park among parks located in the city on earth. it is very east to get to, just in 10 min far from the subway station. Many people stop by this place to walk around or take a rest. I, also, visited this park to have a rest while traveling in London. I saw squirrels climbing up trees and birds wandering around the brook. It made me feel comfortable and relaxed. It was really exhausting to walk around in London with a big backpack. I do envy people who live in London because they have a wonderful park in the city centre. Whenever they want, they are able to visit this place and relieve stress. Sometimes, people get stressed while working hard and living in a big city. So, they need this kind of place to have a rest. If you feel exhausted while traveling in London, stop by here and get some fresh air.
Lovely royal park in the center of the city
Tara R. Dec 10, 2012
St. James’s park is romantic, elegant, and exactly what you would expect from a royal park. Even though it is quite small compared to the mammoth Hyde Park, and it doesn’t have the rose gardens that characterize Regents’ Park, St. James has a distinct elegance. There is a bridge in the middle of the park that crosses the pond with a wonderful view of the swans and the West—I’ve taken a few sunset shots here, captured by the beauty of this exact spot. While it is true that St. James is towards the touristy side of the parks, travelers are attracted to it for good reason: it’s a beautiful park.
touristy
Sam R. Dec 10, 2012
Tourist tourist tourist trap. There’s nothing here but a pond with birds in it, but it’s really popular with tourists for some reason. maybe coz it’s close to Buckingham palace. There are much better parks in London and even right nearby, like Hyde Park, so go there instead.
The most seamless integration of urban city life with nature... that is what St James Park is all about
Jose M. Sep 25, 2012
London is perhaps the only city in the world where you would find a wonderful seamless integration of modern city life with pure nature. The best example of this is St James Park. The Park is right in the middle of the city next to the world famous Buckingham Palace. I was totally taken by pleasant surprise when a couple of wild fowls came within inches of me, totally not bothered about close human presence. Well that was just the beginning. The next 4 hours or so that I spent at St James park taught me that this is just but the way Londoners have accepted nature as an integral part of their life ensuring there is no real divide between urban life & nature. I thankfully photographed to my heart’s content exotic water birds which have made St James Park their home. The scenario in St James Park is nothing but akin to some remote part of a deep jungle where water fowls of all breeds build their nests, raise their young. For those few hours I was blissfully unaware that I was in the middle of London. One of the best memories that I have of St James park is of the train of Swans with the parents leading the way & the young ducklings following in a single line, in the most disciplined way..
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