Friday, 21 March 2014

St James's Park: the Queen's Garden

Who would have thought
that one of the most beautiful Royal Parks 
was once a swampy meadow,
named after a leper's hospital?  

Well, that is the case of St James's Park,
the most central London park 
{it's just outside Buckingham Palace, 
and a five minute walk from Big Ben}. 

A Mum in London

St James's Park may be small 
compared to your average London park, 
but it's full of surprises.

The Blue Bridge: the best spot to take amazing pictures 
of London's landmarks & skyline.

The Boy Statue: a beautiful 1863 marble statue 
of a seated boy who gazes at the park.

The Bird Keeper's Lodge: a fairytale little cottage 
which was the official residence of the ranger of the park.

A Mum in London

St James's Park with Kids

The pelicans: there are six pelicans, 
that will happily pose for you. 
Watch them eat fish everyday at 14:30.

Changing the Guard: if you are at the park at 11:30, 
do not miss this very official ceremony 
{cue: brass band, horses & eye catching uniforms}.

The playground: the only playground in the world 
where the view from the swings is Buckingham Palace
{use the picnic tables for a regal luncheon}.  

A Mum in London

St James's Info

Open daily from 5 am to midnight.

There is a cafe which serves food 
and several canteens. 

Rent a deckchair {£1.60 for one hour}
and relax royalty-style facing Buckingham Palace. 

Read more about St James's Park.
Nearest Tube Stations: Westminster, St James's Park & Green Park.


  1. Looks lovely. I've only visited briefly before to see the pelicans but must return!

    1. Definitely :) The pelicans are St James's showstoppers!

  2. It looks like a lovely place to visit and I can imagine my two being fascinated by the pelican's and the guards :)

    1. Yes, you can never go worng with pelicans, kids love them!

  3. I love St Jame's... Always made me wonder about the pelican too, bet they feel a bit cheated out of Florida Sun or somewhere equally warm! :D

    1. Despite the lack of sunshine (!) they seem happy & one thing is sure; they're {very} well fed :)

  4. I've only been to the 'big' parks, but St James' Park looks wonderful. I will try and visit next time I'm in London.

  5. I love St James's Park, such a little haven in the middle of this busy tourist area.

  6. I've never been to St. James park, I will make it a point when I'm next there. And so close to cool landmarks as well!
    I hope you have a great week!
    Tammy x


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