Summer bedding in St. James's Park
St. James's Park

Welcome to St. James's Park

Pomp and circumstance. Buckingham Palace. And a princely pod of pelicans! 

Key information

Opening times (pedestrian gate)
05:00 - 24:00

Food & drink available

Eating and drinking in St. James’s Park

Lunch at our stylishly contemporary café, sip a drink by the lakeside, or take tea in the historic lodge of the keeper of the King’s birds.

The best places to eat and drink in London’s oldest Royal Park

St. James’s Park has two fantastic cafés – and they couldn’t feel more different to each other. The contemporary St. James’s Café, in the heart of the park, has stunning floor to ceiling windows, giving you a panoramic view of the beautiful woodland and nearby lake and fountain, whatever the London weather’s doing. It’s light and spacious inside. If the sun is out, you’ll probably want to take your food and drink out onto the terrace. 

Storey’s Gate Café dates back to the time of King Charles II, who gifted the lodge to his royal bird keeper. The bird-inspired artworks on the walls make this a lovely spot to stop for tea, coffee or hot food. 

As St. James’s Park has so much wonderful green space and wildlife to enjoy, we’ve located four refreshment kiosks at the most popular spots  – Marlborough Gate, Horse Shoe Bend, Artillery Memorial and the playground. The kiosks’ curved wooden sides are easy to spot.

Check out the park information boards or the park map for the most convenient café or kiosk when you’re planning your visit.

Picnicking in St. James's Park

The park is a great place for a picnic! A selection of freshly cut sandwiches, artisan baguettes and drinks are available in our cafés and kiosks.

Feel free to bring your own food and drink to enjoy in the park but barbecues and any sort of fire lighting is absolutely forbidden.

Please take your litter home with you or place it in one of our bins on the way out – wildlife and litter don’t mix.

Every purchase helps us care for St. James's Park

A proportion of anything you spend at our cafés or kiosks goes straight back to help look after the Royal Parks, and the wealth of wildlife and natural habitats they contain.

  • S. James's Café in St James's Park

    St. James's Café

    St James’s Park Café is located in the heart of St James’s Park and offers a range of hot and cold drinks, food and snacks. Find out more.

  • Storey's Gate Café in St Jame's Park

    Storey's Gate Café

    Storey’s Gate Café offers indoor and outdoor seating, serves sustainably sourced single origin coffee, and a health focused menu.

  • Refreshment points in St James's Park

    Refreshment Kiosks in St James's Park

    Refreshment kiosks offer hot coffee, ice cream, snacks and fresh sandwiches. At Marlborough Gate, Horse Shoe Bend, Artillery Memorial and the playground.