St. James's and The Mall, London
St. James's Park
Located right in front of Buckingham Palace, here's another great place to enjoy the birds, some trees and some open space. There is a beautiful lake with benches which make it a perfect place for an afternoon picnic.
St. James's is a historic area which falls between Piccadilly and the Mall. It is one of the most exclusive and expensive districts in London. There are men's outfitters, wine shops, exclusive shops and gentlemen's clubs.
The fire brigade crisis is on peak right now in London, military has taken over the fire brigade, and when the fire brigade is on strike they provide the service to public and Royals. These vehicles are standing by to over come any problems.
These vehicles are parked in Wellington Barracks, apposite St James's Park
St. James's Park is one of the beautiful gardens surrounding Buckingham Palace. It was by far my favorite of the three. The locals must really enjoy this park during the summer. It is just beautiful. Be sure to bring some bread for the ducks, geese, coots, and pigeons and some nuts for the squirrels which amazingly have no fear of people.
St. James's Park also offers a spectacular view of Buckingham Palace. See the picture on my London page.
St. James’s Park.
It is one of the most beautiful of the royal parks and is situated near Buckingham Palace. You can see some more pictures in the travelogue
Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful ST JAMES PARK, just opposite Buckingham Palace. A great place to go for a short respite... It's tranquil, serene and oh, so lovely!
Originally a manor house belonging to Henry VIII this became a turreted palace in 1532. It is built with Tudor red brick. Ambassadors to the UK are accredited to the Court of St James and official proclamations are made from the balcony on Friary Court. Charles I spent his last night here before execution. Prince Charles has his London offices here. The chapel is open to the public for services on Sundays.
This was built in 1825 by John Nash and until recently was the home of Queen Elizabth, the Queen Mother. It is distinctive white stucco and one can see it from the wrought iron gateway at the end of the private road. There is usually still a royal guard in attendance.
Built for the first Duke of Marlborough in 1709 by Wren. For over 200 years this tended to be the residence of widowed queens, the last being Queen Mary, wife of George V.
It became the Commonwealth Secreteriat in 1965 and is used for meetings, negotiations, training and conferences, connected with Commonwealth countries. There are two grand staircases, painted walls and ceilings, but the main conferenece room is probably the most stunning, with pale green damask wallpaper, Corinthian columns, huge wall mirrors and white and gold decoration, with a vast conference table which annually seats the meeting of all Commonwealth Representatives.
The gardens are entirely green.
St. James Park (pictured), Hyde Park, all other parks in the downtown area.
I walked for miles among all of London's parks. I started out with Hyde park, then went on past Buckingham palace to st. James park, then to Speaker's corner. Great views, peaceful.
St James' Park is one of the least-known in central London, despite being the oldest royal park. However, it's well worth a visit - not only can you enjoy the quiet and the views of St James' Palace, Buckingham Palace and Westminster, just a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, but it also has an amazing range of birds (it's a nature reserve and even employs 2 full-time ornithologists).
The pelicans are the most famous residents, and were introduced by King Charles II. Visit at 3pm and see them being fed!
St. James Park
More photos in travelogue (text later, 2002-Apr-21)
It is a beautiful park with lots of flowers, and water birds, ducks and swans, interesting trees and bushes. People come here to play and relax, or have lunch, or just day dreaming. Lounge chairs are available for anyone to use, but NOT to damage.
London has many parks, bigger and smaller, this is only one part of St.James's park. Parks are huge, when you get in, soon you forget you're in the middle of one of the crowdiest city in the world! Parks are also PERFECTLY kept, even during the day I saw absolutely no one to garden them, everything is fixed most perfercty, as only English people know how to do it!
This is another of the beautiful parks that you can see in London,because my last visit was in November,the fall colors were in almost all the trees in the park,just beautiful,isn't???
It was designed by Sir Aston Webb as a memorial to Queen Victoria.
The central gate is usually closed as only the sovereign may pass through it.