"ST JAMES'S PARK" St James's Park Tip by alyf1961
St James's Park, London: 78 reviews and 177 photos
Henry VIII fenced in some marshy grazing land for pigs in the 1530?s and made a deer park.
This is the oldest of London?s nine royal parks. Three royal palaces, Buckingham palace, St James?s palace and the palace of Westminster [houses of parliament] surround it.
Elizabeth I held pageants here and James I kept a menagerie that included crocodiles and elephants.
Charles II when restored to the throne re-created formal gardens that he had seen in France. A canal was laid in the centre lined with an avenue of tree?s and the public were allowed to enjoy the park.
It was given a makeover in the 1820?s. The canal was made into a lake and straight lines were made into winding paths.
A band plays free concerts in the summer months.
There are many birds to be spotted in the park such as swans, pelicans, ducks and geese.
Address: London SW1A 2BJ
Directions: Nearest Tube, St. Jame's Park. Off The Mall.
Phone: +44 300 061 2350
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