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St. James’s Park • London

St. James’s Park • London

St. James’s Park is the oldest of London’s eight Royal Parks, and it is a refreshing green space in the very heart of the capital. The tranquil park is the ideal place to relax on a bench and watch as the world goes by, but it is also frequently at the center of London’s ceremonial life. Many of the Britain’s most spectacular pageants are hosted there, like Trooping the Color, and the park is surrounded by some of the country’s most recognizable landmarks, including St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and Clarence House.

St. James Park colors

London sunny day at St. James Park

It is difficult to imagine the elegant space covered with farms and grazing pigs, but the area was known primarily for its woods, farms and hospital about 470 years ago. King James I first landscaped the park in 1603, and today it provides habitats for a fascinating range of species, including foxes, pelicans and 14 other species of waterfowl. The leafy Plane trees that run alongside the Horse Guards Parade, Mall and Birdcage Walk have provided shade there since 1827, and the lake is bordered with lovely Black mulberry and Scarlet oak trees.

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St. James Park lake

St. James Park lake walk path

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