St James Park is the gateway to Buckingham Palace in London, or probably you can think it vice versa too. Its right in front of the Palace and adjacent to The Mall, a long stretch leading to the Palace where parades, marches, processions and many other ceremonies take place. Its a beautiful park with a lake, large bushy trees, friendly ducks (unless they come and peck your toe) and a cafe serving some fine coffee, cream tea and cakes.
The Birdcage walk when you enter the park from South side , if you are walking from Belgravia or Knightsbridge via Rubens Hotel is a straight entry to the Park. Its believed to have been a private boulevard for the royal family with exotic birds caged all along the road.
St James Park has stood the testimony of time standing here since 1660 and having gone thru few redesigns and renovations over the decades. Its believed that Charles I walked the park before his execution, so it was his last walk.
In summers the park comes lively with lots of recliners and londoners sun bathing. In Autumn this park transforms into a spectacle of fiery colours with yellows, orange, auburns, reds all around.
St James Park is right in central London and its so easy to reach here from anywhere. The nearest tube stations are St James, Green Park, Bond Street. Its right in front of Buckingham palace behind the Victoria Memorial, its hard to miss. If you are visiting Buckhingam Palace ensure you take a stroll in the park or stop for your relaxing break here.
I hope you have enjoyed this autumn tour of St James Park through my pictures.
Further from here? There is no dearth of options, you are in heart of London. Walk to Buckingham Palace and watch the change of guards or visit the Royal Mews; you can walk across to Green Park and head to Piccadilly, you can walk the Mall towards Westminster and South Banks.