St. James's and The Mall, London
This park is beautiful. Close to Buckingham Palace. You can actually get a good shot of palace from a bridge in the park. Just take a stroll (watch the bird droppings!) or sit and relax on a bench or the grass.
In the 12th century this area was a marshy field and the lepers who lived at Queen Matilda's leper colaony, located where St James Palace now stands, would feed their hogs here. I read somewhere else that these lepers are actually buried in the park, not sure if this is true or not.
Henry VIII was responsible for the draining of the marsh to use the land for his deer, however it was George IV who had the park developed to its present condition, landscaping the lake filled filling it with birds.
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!
The White Cube professes to be the first new building for 40 years to be built in the posh St James area of London! It opened in 2006. It is certainly very striking ...and quite unexpected! In the middle of the Yard amongst the brick buildings is effectively an enormous, modern, white rectangular box! It contains two very large galleries and, I think, offices on the upper floors.
The White Cube Gallery is run by art collector Jay Jopling and generally has exhibitions of art by very well respected British and international artists. There are nowadays a number of White Cube Art Galleries in London, all trying to conform to the archytypal image of the modern white walled, neutral gallery. The other site, in Hoxton, is equally good but not so easy to reach.
Open 10am – 6pm. Closed Mondays.
If the exhibition in Mason's Yard doesn't take your fancy, there are more private art galleries than you can shake a stick at, in the surrounding streets. And of course not forgetting the Royal Academy in nearby Piccadilly.
In 1984 a protest outside the Libyan Embassy in St James Square turned to tradgedy when Libyan extremists inside the building fired without warning at a group of anti Libyan protesters in the square. A police officer on duty and unarmed was shot and died an hour later of her injuries - she was PC Yvonne Fletcher who was just 25 years old.
Today 30 years on there are still fresh flowers placed on her memorial in the north east corner of the square where PC Fletcher died. The then English primeminster , Margaret Thatcher, unveiled the memorial on February 1, 1985.
On the corner of St James Square and Duke of York Street is Chatham House. This was once Englands home of the Primeminister - an early sort of 10 Downing Street. The residence of our leaders for over two centuries from Chatham to Gladstone.
News of Wellingtons victory at Waterloo was brought here to the Foreign Secretary , Lord Castlereagh, who was dining here with the Prince Regent. Their meal was suddenly paused when the sound of a coach and four thundered over the cobbles of the square to bring the news. Today there is little traffic and the house is now the home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Waterloo Place is is an elegant street leading from Lower Regent Street and then down steps and in to The Mall. A short walk between Picadilly Circus and The Mall. Waterloo Place, like Regent Street , was designed by John Nash.
At the top of Waterloo Place is a tall Tuscan pillar with the Duke of York on its plinth. It is 120 feet high and was constructed in the 1830s.
Here you will also see statues of Edard V11, the Memorial to the Crimea - the broken cannon at the back of the plinth is actual broken Russian guns from Sevastopol. There is also a statue to Lord Herbert of Lea and a very good statue of Florence Nightingale.
Going South at Trafalgar Square you cannot miss the Admiralty Arch. It's a three gates arch and office building adjacent to the Old Admiralty Building.
Designed by Sir Aston Webb it was constucted in 1912 at one end of the Mall.
The building was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria.
The Duke of York statue and column is situated just off the mall.
It was erected in 1834. Created by Sir Richard Westmacott. It is a pink granite statue and stands at the top of the Duke of York’s steps. The column is 123.5 ft high. The statue is dedicated to Prince Fredrick, Duke of York, who was the second son of King George the third. He was commander in chief of the British forces during the French revolutionary wars. When he died in 1827, the entire British army had to forgo a days wage to pay for the statue.
The Mall is a beautiful road stretching from Buckingham Palace to Trafanlgar Square. It's red in colour, with no lane markings, and a beautiful road to walk the length of it. London truly is a great city to walk around and discover, so do yourself a favour and walk!
It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon when I came for a walk in St James Park. It was coming to the end of Sep and yet the weather was a warm 25 dec C. The park covers 23 hectares of land with a lake that attracts ducks & other migrating birds. Buckingham Palace and The Mall are just a short walk away
It costs nothing to enter here, and you can bring your pets provided you pick up after them. It's not nice to have to step into doggie poo. There are some refreshment stalls where you can buy food, drinks & ice cream in the park. You can rent a sun deck or lie on the grass and enjoy the day
St James Park is situated at the very heart of London and covers 23 hectares. With a lake harbouring ducks, geese and pelicans its has a fantastic views of Buckingham Palace, St James Palace and Westminster.
St James Park está situado en pleno corazón de Londres y mide 23 hectáreas. Con un bonito lago en el que allí placen patos, gansos y pelícanos, el parque tiene unas fantásticas vistas de el Palacio de Buckingham, St James y de Westminster.
St. James Park has a long area of lakes that is filled with ducks. Some of them are stocked here and others are attracted by the stocked ducks and the free food. People come here to feed the ducks so they are used to people and to their food. Because of this, it is quite easy to see them. I was especially glad to see the Pochards, Shelducks, and Tufted Ducks. Other smaller birds are also seen here such as the Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Wren, and others.
The oldest Royal Park in London and surrounded by 3 palaces (Buck House, St James and Westminster).
It took its name from a leper colony established on marshy land in 14th century. 1532 saw it being 'acquired' as yet another hunting ground by Henry VIII. Royalty dabbled with the layout. opened it for public use etc, but it took the form we are more familiar with in the early part of the 19th century under John Nash.
Birds were introduced in 1837 in significant numbers and this is one of the main attractions of the park (along with its great views)
The Mall is a promenade that was laid out in the time of Charles II. It is the official approach to Buckingham Palace.
On the southern side of The Mall is St. James' Park. It is one of the nicest parks in London, with a lake and plenty of birds. It was once a marsh which was drained by Henry VIII to be used as his personal hunting grounds. Under Charles II, it was turned into a pedestrian park. It is a great place to take a walk and enjoy a nice day.
A memorial dedicated to officers, royal regiment of artillery corps, royal engineers, royal army medical corps, and others who lost their lives in WWI is located in St. James's Park facing Horse Guards Parade on the eastern side of the park.