Welcome to St. James's Park
Pomp and circumstance. Buckingham Palace. And a princely pod of pelicans!
Leisure activities and attractions in St. James’s Park
In St. James’s Park you set your own pace. Share a moment with a pelican. Take an early run on a misty morning. Watch the world go by with an ice cream and a deckchair.
This is the park to explore at your leisure.
Making the most of St. James’s Park
St. James’s Park is London’s oldest Royal Park, and the most visited. It’s the famous setting for many royal ceremonies, from the daily Changing the Guard outside Buckingham Palace, to the full pageantry of Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade in early June.
The parkland itself is a peaceful, green space that allows you to escape the everyday, connect with nature, and boost your wellbeing.
Walking, running and cycling in St. James’s Park
You’ve got the option of many different walking trails, cycle paths and running routes to choose from. Discover the secret stories and rich history of the park with a self-guided walk, or stroll to Duck Island, a nesting sanctuary for many of our smaller birds, ducks and geese. Many regular runners and cyclists use the park a great way to de-stress and stay fit as they commute to work. If you are cycling through, please do respect the walkers and the wildlife, who share the paths and trails.
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
If you have two or three hours, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk covers seven miles, and takes in four Royal Parks, three palaces and two mansions, all of which were special to Princess Diana at different times in her life. You’ll also experience the wildlife, the many gardens and landscapes of the parks, as you walk.
Watch the world go by – from your deckchair
On a lazy Sunday afternoon, why not sit in the sunshine and watch the world and the wildlife go by. Our partners, ParkDeckChairs, rent deckchairs by the hour or by the day, and in the summer we often have live music at the St. James’s Park bandstand.
In summer, it’s hard to miss the spectacular Buckingham Palace flower beds – blazing with thousands of scarlet geraniums and over 50,000 yellow wallflowers. As the backdrop to countless royal occasions, they’re possibly the most televised and photographed flower beds in the country.
If you enjoy team sports and organised activities, head over to Hyde Park, where you can have an open air swim, take a boat out, or book a game of tennis or padel. Park Sports Hyde Park has excellent sports facilities, courts and pitches on the south side of the park.
Find out more about the seven-mile-long Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk and download the map to plan your route through the central parks.
The Buckingham Palace flower beds, or Memorial Gardens, were created in 1901 for a memorial to Queen Victoria.
Deck chairs are available for hire within the Royal Parks from March through to October. Find out about prices and book online.