Welcome to St. James's Park
Pomp and circumstance. Buckingham Palace. And a princely pod of pelicans!
This is the most royal of London’s Royal Parks. Shaped by generations of monarchs and bordered by three royal palaces, St. James’s Park is the home of ceremonial events in the capital. From royal weddings and jubilees to military parades and state celebrations – this is the park where history is made. Come and explore it for yourself…
There’s always something to see here - from soldiers in scarlet tunics marching down The Mall to bright beds of flowers bursting with blooms. Don’t miss the classic London views from the lake, where you should also keep an eye out for the famous pelicans who call the park home. Did you know that pelicans have been kept at the park since 1664, when a Russian ambassador presented them to King Charles II? You can often find them perched on benches by the lake, graciously greeting visitors from around the world.
You’ll spot many famous landmarks in St. James’s Park – from sweeping Admiralty Arch to the ceremonial hotspot Horse Guards Parade. And then of course there’s Buckingham Palace – head down The Mall for that world-famous view! If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, wander along the peaceful lakeside path where you can admire the spectacular trees and abundance of colourful waterbirds. There’s always something new to discover in this historic landscape – from spring bulbs to autumn colours.