St James’s Park is at the centre of ceremonial London. It is the setting for spectacular pageants, like Trooping the Colour, surrounded by some of the country’s most famous landmarks including Westminster, St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and more.
The park has two small islands, known as West island and Duck island, located in St James Park Lake. Duck Island is a nature reserve for St James’s Park bird collection and more than 17 species of bird regularly breed in the park. There is also a fascinating colony of pelicans, donated by a Russian ambassador in 1664 to Charles II.
There is a stunning 20ft water plume called the Tiffany Fountain near the east end of St James’s Park Lake. You can also walk on the beautiful Blue Bridge, which offers spectacular views across the park to Buckingham Palace to the west and Horse Guards Parade towards the east.
You can have a cup of coffee, ice cream, snacks and freshly made sandwiches in the numerous refreshment points of the park. It is an ideal spot for a delicious lunch in St.James’s Café, enjoying the stunning views of the lake and fountain from its contemporary roof terrace.
Closest Underground Stations: St James’s Park, Green Park, Westminster and Victoria