St. James's Park

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St. James's Park and Green Park lie next to each other to the north and east of Buckingham Palace. The view from the bridge towards Whitehall is particularly pleasing and the lake is famous for its birds, especially the black swans and pelicans. With its well-groomed flowerbeds and summer concerts, the park remains a big favorite with Londoners and tourists alike. Office workers swarm into St James's on summer days to eat their lunch and enjoy the sunshine. Henry VIII acquired the land in the early 16th Century, around the same time as Hyde Park.

Location:  Horse Guards Road

Business hours:  Mo-Su 5:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.