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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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 • 9 min walk
  • Green Park • 10 min walk
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  • 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, Australia1,866 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 Kingdom2,010 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
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,041 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Oasis in the Heart of London
    London is a great city, with so much to offer to virtually everyone. That said, it is a large, busy, loud (and sometimes dirty) place. St. James park, located literally across the street from major attractions including Buckingham Palace, offers a chance to get away from the busy city and enjoy a beautiful green space full of winding paths, lovely ponds filled with water fowl, and gorgeous trees. There are many entrances and exits to and from the park so plan accordingly. I highly suggest you budget a couple of hours here during your busy London vacation.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut509 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saintly Stroll
    St James's Park is great place for Londoners and visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of London. The park's many trees provide shade and a sense of serenity, It is a great place for walking, jogging, and relaxing. The park is located in front of Buckingham Palace, with foot paths leading towards Westminster. The park surrounds a lake, which a lot of birds call home, there's even a small island in the lake called Duck Island. Walking through the park did give me a feeling of tranquility. Due to it's location, St James's connects to Green Park, which connects to Hyde Park, so there is a lot to walk. The only negative is that the park gets crowded easily, so plan accordingly. Overall, if you are visiting London, take a break from all the sightseeing, and relax stroll around St. James's Park.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 August 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia5,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for a walk
    Today we spent a couple of hours walking around the park enjoying the best nature has to offer. It was lovely walking from the Buckingham Palace end to the huge parade ground at the other end along the lake. Saw a lot of birdlife and some very active squirrels. Some nice seating areas to take a rest if you needed it as well as a good cafe for a drink or snack . Very busy , lots of tour groups
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Hong
    Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Joyful moments - birds and squirrels
    No entrance fee. Nice weather in this summer, especially the last week in September 2013. Many types of flora and fauna can be seen. Different types of flowers. Animals like squirrels, different species of ducks, swans, geese, and birds, etc. nice place for photography.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 September 2023
  • PRS48
    Brisbane, Australia164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trees, attentive ducks, unmissable.
    A tranquil park in the heart of London. Close to the Mall and Buckingham Palace. Very little changed in seventy years apart from a couple of duck species! The essence of what makes London a great city.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Kityayma
    Sydney, Australia527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect place for a stroll
    This is a beautiful park to stroll through and its great to see so much wildlife here. There over 40 species of waterbirds here (though you're unlikely to see them all) as well woodpeckers, tawny owls and smaller birds like wrens. And of course there are the squirrels which are a delight to see for tourist like me. The park is centred around a beautiful curving lake. A modest blue bridge crosses the lake about midway along and if you stand on that bridge you can see Whitehall Palace and the London Eye at one end and Buckingham Palace at the other. There is a playground in the park (for younger children) and the main cafe looks out over the lake and has a good selection for breakfast and lunch. I was there in autumn and the trees were filled with colour but I'd love to go back mid-year to see the much lauded spring floral displays. St James Park is close to many of London's landmarks including Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street , Trafalgar Square and Westminster. The Mall, which runs the length of one side of the park, is the main route from Buckingham Palace to Whitehall, and the site of many royal parades and celebrations. When I was in the park recently a large parade preceded Charles II who was off to Westminster to give his first speech to Parliament. There were military bands, mounted guards and horse-drawn carriages - quite a show! This is not a regular event but if you want to experience a little pomp and ceremony, you can watch the ceremony of Changing The King's Life Guard which takes place every weekday at 11:00am on Horse Guards Parade, just opposite the park. If you can only get to one of the four adjoining Royal Parks in central London, this would be my pick.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, Indiana3,655 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice area for a Leisurely Walk away from the constant Hustle of London
    We caught the Changing of the Guards parade and decided to walk through the park along the lake to the Horse Guards. We say a wide variety of birds, including the pelicans and parrots! It was a nice respite from the constant traffic of Central London.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 November 2023
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Eli
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
St James park is a lovely park any time of year to walk through or to sit and relax and take in the scenery. Close to Buck Palace and a short walk to Big Ben and other attractions. While in the park make sure you stop and feed the squirrels! Loving curious little things also the Indian ring neck parrots will come visit too! While in the park of ab early morning you can listen to the band warming up and later in the morning you can see the changing of the guards from just outside the park on the Mall. If you need to pee make sure you have 20p! St James cafe is a great place to warm up or cool down and the foods pretty good too. Relax on a bench or go for a stroll and look at the glorious flowers and gardens...
Written 2 February 2020
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backhome2014
London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a lovely park for a picnic or to spend a few spare hours if you have a layover in London. 10 minute walk from Victoria Station or 5 Mins from St James Park or Green Park Tube.

Some of London's main tourist sites are located a ten minute walk from the park - Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Sq, Houses of Parliament/Big Ben Tower, Horseguards, Changing of the Guard.

Selfie spot - the Blue Bridge ove the lake for Buckingham Palace and the spires of the Palace of Westminster

Great children's playground with cafe and toilets. Attendants rigourously enforce strict no adults unless accompanied by child policy.
Written 16 February 2020
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Ryszard L
Sydney, Australia328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Yes, it was cold and it was definitely trying to rain but the first daffodils were flowering and the sun was valiantly trying to break through and lift the gloom. As I walked towards Buckingham Palace, the sun shone through and the daffodils' brilliant colour suffused the whole area. It was beautiful! As a kid I used to come here often and take the time to wander around or see how quickly I could do the circuit of the lake. It seemed that every time I went there it was different. Today was no different and the park is wonderful - no matter what the weather.
Written 21 February 2020
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Susi750
London, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Essentially the front garden to Buckingham Palace, SJP links the palace to the official entrance at Horse Guards which is guarded by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment 24/365. Immaculately maintained with flowers and exotic plants and trees that perform throughout the year there’s also the added attraction of spectacular wildfowl and incredibly tame squirrels. Pelicans have lived on the lake since they were gifted to King Charles II by the Russian Tzar, but there are also storks, rare ducks, and emerald flashes of parakeets on Birdcage Walk. The cafe sells high quality lunch and snacks and there are numerous kiosks throughout the park for tasty treats. The Japanese Bridge offers the finest views. Horse Guards Parade is actually part of the park. Head there to see the daily changing of the Queen’s Life Guard and rehearsals of the Queen’s Birthday Parade throughout May and early June.
Written 6 March 2020
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Gray's Reviews
Timaru, New Zealand1,417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We discovered the park on our stroll back from visiting the nearby Palace and, even though we were in the middle of a (warm) winter, we could imagine just how gorgeous this place would be in spring and summer, in particular.
Birds and squirrels were in relative abundance, the latter delighting us tourists by their antics.
There's a sense of tranquility in the park, a feeling of being able to relax and unwind, while casually admiring the plants and lakes.
A really nice spot in a very busy city.
Written 29 January 2020
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Naomi K
Melbourne, Australia272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
St Jame’s Park surrounded by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall are a great destination for a long walk and for me stalking the cute little squirrels with my camera. (Apparently Londoners hate them but as an Australian where we don’t have them I was hooked). There are also some strange looking pale pink pelican strutting their stuff around the duck pond area. Quite photogenic chaps. I was there in Winter but can only imagine how beautiful it must be in Spring.
Written 10 January 2020
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QuentinYoknapatawpha
Yoknapatawpha278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a lovely park in an historic setting. At one end is Trafalgar Square. At the other is Buckingham Palace. There is a picturesque lake running through it; and an exceptional range of bird life. It’s by no means huge; and, especially at weekends, it can get rather crowded. But it’s well worth a visit, as a memorable site in its own right and because of its proximity to other famous London sites demanding a visit.
Written 30 January 2020
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Simon M
Kendal, UK166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A beautiful park with the centre piece of the lake. There plenty of space to stop and chill out for a while. The mature trees and the wild areas are great for wild life. The waters birds had a lot of young just waiting to be photographed. The squirrels are always around as well. The pelicans on the lake are adorable, amazing to be in the centre of London. The cafe on the side of the lake has reasonable coffee and cakes, it serves hot meals too. It's a great connection between the Palace and House Guards.
Written 19 June 2022
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abzee
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I had a wonderful time at the St James Park yesterday. The view of the lake was breathtaking, especially when the sun was setting and the water was shimmering like a million diamonds. I saw some ducks and swans swimming peacefully, and a couple of squirrels running around the trees. I also met a friendly old man who told me some interesting stories about the history of the park. He said he used to come here with his wife when they were young and in love. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a break from the city life.
Written 14 May 2023
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tourgs
Scotland, UK189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Had a walk through St James’s Park the first weekend in March and I was surprised how clean it was. From what I remember from staying in London in the mid 80s it was a grubby, noisy, smelly place. Not anymore! Maybe the congestion charge made the difference but we sat having a coffee at the Buckingham Palace end and could actually hear the birds, ducks swans etc. Very little traffic noise and a world of difference from 35 years ago.
Written 4 May 2020
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