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"Walk in St James's Park" Other Gardens, Parks & Squares Tip by ChrsStrl

  Some of the pelicans
by ChrsStrl

My favourite London park, which has much to recommend it.

This is the oldest of the royal parks, established by Henry VIII in 1532, when he exchanged a leper community hospital for land in Suffolk. The hospital was demolished and a park created, stocked with deer which served as the grounds of the Palace of Whitehall. In the 19th Century Nash landscaped the park, creating the lake and its islands and replacing the high walls with railings, thus making it far more open to the public.

It is well known for its large collection of waterfowl and pelicans which reside on the islands. From the bridge across the lake there are good views of Buckingham Palace and the buildings of Whitehall. Although in one area there are well-laid out flowerbeds the park is largely an area of landscaped grass, shrubs and fine trees.

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  • Written Dec 8, 2002
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