St. James Park

St. James’s Park, the oldest of London’s Royal Parks, is located in Westminster and bordered by Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Palace, and the Houses of Parliament. The park, which spans 58 acres, is the site of many national celebrations, parades, and ceremonies. St. James’s Park is a popular place for tourists to gather and to observe its lake filled with pelicans, ducks, and geese. The lake has a bridge from which Buckingham Palace can be seen.

–St. James’s Park is open daily from 5 AM until 12 AM. Its central location in London makes it easily accessible by bus, tube, and railway. However, there are no facilities available for parking cars.

–There is a children’s playground and various picnic spots in St. James’s Park. Tourists who wish to purchase food or drinks can visit the Inn the Park café or stop at one of the Refreshment Points for coffee, ice cream, or sandwiches.

–St. James’s Park is the site of numerous national events that are free of charge such as the Guided Walks of the Royal Gardeners, Party for Peace, and Four Queens. These walks require advanced booking through the park office.

Tourists can watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace from St. James’s Park. This ceremony takes place at 11:30 AM daily in the spring and summertime and on alternate days in the fall and winter.

–Wildlife officers feed the pelicans that frequent the park at 2:30 PM daily. Visitors can take a tour of Duck Island on the lake to see the pelicans and other waterfowl.

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