In the summer, business people sunbathe among the flowerbeds of St James – the most beautiful park in the city – St James. In winter, public workers discuss affairs of state while walking around the lake, watching the ducks, geese and pelicans. A former swamp, the park was drained by King Henry VIII and attached to his hunting grounds. Later, King Charles II remodeled for use by pedestrians, with an aviary on the South side (hence the name Birdcage Walk from the street where there were cages). It is still a very popular place and there it is possible to see the rooftops of Whitehall. In summer, there are concerts in the bandstand.
From 5:00AM till Midnight all year round.
Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2BJ
Closest attractions:Piccadilly and Westminster attractions; such as Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and several others.
Getting there:St. James’s Park tube station, also very close to Westminster, Green Park, Victoria and Charing Cross tube stations. Buses 3, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 148, 159, 211 and 453.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7930 1793
Facilities and Additional Information
- Deck chairs;
- Disabled toilet facilities;
- Guide dogs allowed;
- Cafés and restaurants.