Location: Birdcage Walk, London, SW1
Tube Station: St. James's Park, Westminster - Map of St. James's Park
Category: Parks

Just East from Buckingham Palace is the oldest of all the Royal Parks of London - St. James Park. Being the oldest, it is rich in History and when owned by James I, it was filled with all manner of exotic animals including camels, crocodiles and even an elephant, now it houses less exotic animals, thankfully, with a lake harboring ducks, geese and pelicans (which you can visit the feeding of at 2.30pm every day). It was Charles II that first opened the Park to the public.

St. James Park is not only home to The Mall, it also is the setting for many of the ceremonial parades and nationally celebrated events. During the Summer months, you can hire a deck chair and watch the day lazily pass you by and there is even a playground for children. It is disabled-friendly also.

If you fancy a nice drink, you could visit the Inn the Park which was voted as Timeouts No. 3 park café in August 2005. It serves alcoholic refreshments and hampers and has toilets and baby changing facilities as well.

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