St. James's Park
All photos of St James’s Park dated 2015-2016 are the actual ones and were taken with iPhone 5s.
St James’s park is the oldest Royal Park. It used to be a marsh before Henry VIII drained it and converted it into one of his many hunting grounds. Charles II opened the park to the public after redesigning it for pedestrians' pleasure, laying lawns and avenues of trees.
The park is very looked after and is one the more ornate parks in London: there are many beautifully-arranged flower beds, a lake with a little fountain where you will see many varieties of birds, including pelicans and swans.
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You can find many squirrels befriending tourists in hope of a nut and an occasional fox chasing straight after them. The bridge that goes across the middle of the lake provides a nice photo opportunity with backgrounds of Queen Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace on one side and London Eye behind Whitehall on the other.
It is probably the busiest park as it is located, not only right next to Buckingham Palace but also close to The Houses of Parliament / Westminster Palace, St. James's Palace, Whitehall where you can see the Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus.
There are a couple of caravans selling coffees and ice-creams, as well as a lovely cafe called “Inn The Park”, where you can lunch outside overlooking the lake.