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St. James's Park
Visit this oldest of the Royal Parks of London, bordered by three palaces.
St James's Park, London
St James's Park reflects the English picturesque style of landscaping which was prominent in the 19th Century. It's a very popular Park, especially with tourists and office workers, and famous for its views, waterfowl and flower displays.
Just across from St James's lie the Victoria Tower Gardens, which are also in the care of the Royal Parks Agency. Against the splendid backdrop of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, these small gardens overlook the River Thames. During the summer season, St. James's bandstand is host to over twenty different brass bands, providing free concerts for the public. St. James's Park sits next to Buckingham Palace and hosts some important and magnificent Royal Ceremonies at Horse Guards Parade.
You can reach St. James's Park from St. James's Park tube (District & Circle Lines) and the Park is easily accessible from Charing Cross Station (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee, BR lines) Westminster (District & Circle Lines) Green Park (Piccadilly, Victoria & Jubilee Lines) and Victoria (Jubilee, Circle & District, BR lines).
King Henry VIII acquired the site in 1532 as a Deer Park enclosed for the hunt. St James's Park is surrounded by three palaces. The oldest, Westminster, has since become the Houses of Parliament. St James's Palace remains the official court, the 'Court of St James', although the Monarch has lived at the third and most well known one, Buckingham Palace, since 1837.
St James's Park is home to over 1,000 trees including the avenues which line The Mall. Fine mature weeping willows sway gracefully at the water's edge, their catkins and leaves providing a pale green portent of spring.
Duck Island is the home to many wild breeds of beautiful ducks and bird life, at the heart of the capital. There are a few scheduled guided tours of the island during the Autumn. For more information contact the Park directly.
Some of the common sights you will see on the lake are the geese, swans, pelicans, starlings and maybe even Willow Warblers. The pelicans on the West side of Duck Island were first introduced in the late 17th Century as a gift from a Russian Ambassador. Over the centuries many ambassadors have come to see this as a tradition and offer a gift of a pelican, not native to Britain, to St. James's Park. The pelicans are fed every afternoon at 3.00pm near Duck Island Cottage.
You can also expect to see some rare breeds in the Park, including the Golden Eye, Carrion Crows, Grey Wagtail and Shovelers. Look out especially for the Bahama Pintails and Chiloe Wigeon. Tits, finches and sparrows are frequent visitors to St James Park.
For more information visit www.royalparks.gov.uk
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan to visit St James Park? You can book online or email to make a reservation on email@example.com, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438