Westminster is beautiful, eclectic, intriguing, as well as magnetic in its appearance and allure. Being an interior part of Greater London and surrounded by Outer London, the place enjoys the status of a city. Having preserving some of the world's crown gems of monuments, buildings, large parks and gardens, Westminster is quite popular among visitors from across the world who gather here to admire its splendidness. Aligned with buzzing squares and plazas, the city breaths a spirit of immense enthusiasm, evident by the massive crowd gatherings in the sophisticated cafes, elegant restaurants along with the numerous shops which cover a large part here, Westminster is a small world in itself. If we decide to form an itinerary for exploring Westminster, then no bucket list would be completed without the mention of St. James's Park. This twenty-three acres fascinating oasis boasts of a sheet of lush greenery that is mystifying. St. James's Park find its place in the heart of every city dweller for being the perfect venue for many iconic events and giving its beloved visitors unforgettable memories for a lifetime.
A Day Trip to the Iconic St James's Park
Buckingham Palace Flower Beds
Also known as the Memorial Gardens, the Buckingham Palace Flower Beds were created with much love and compassion in 1901 to fill the landscape with the undeniable beauty of these scented flowers. Laid out fascinatingly in a semi-circular design surrounding the iconic central memorial, no visitor can resist themselves from falling in love with these aromatic flower beds which serve as a familiar sight during many ceremonies that take place in this area. Relish the sights of tall geraniums in the center of the bed. During winters treat yourself with the astonishing fifty thousand yellow wallflowers and red tulips.
Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade is the iconic large parade ground in central London. Be a part of annual ceremonies of Trooping the Color, commemorating the monarch's official birthday. A beautiful clock tower over an archway resides in the Horse Guards Building. Start your memorable journey of the park from here as the grounds serve as the official entrance to Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace. An eighteenth-century, the Horse Guard Parade grounds stand tall as the exemplary creation of William Kent. Trooping the Color is one of the most important events of the park and is characterized by open windows from where the members of the Royal Family can watch Her Highness reviewing and praising her troops below. Visitors can also celebrate the much-awaited music festival in these spectacular grounds, as well. Beating Retreat is a fascinating extravaganza devoted to music, spread over two consecutive evenings in June.
Queen Victoria Memorial
Standing tall with a height of eighty-two feet, the interesting Queen Victoria Memorial owes its origin to early twentieth century. Taking pride in overlooking the Buckingham Palace it is a dedication of love and respect for Queen Victoria who was the ultimate ruler of the United Kingdom for nearly sixty-four years. This white marble building is one of London's most popular landmark and welcomes millions to its auspicious grounds to admire its beautiful architectural finesse. Visitors can embrace the massive statues which are the indispensable part of the park, sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock. On the north side of the building there is the Angel of Justice and on the south side the Angel of truth. On the west, the building glares at the statue of Charity. All this is topped with the gilded statue of Victory which sits on top of the pinnacle with seated figures on its either sides representing Courage and Consistency.
Finding its place in the heart of the park lake, the elegant Tiffany Fountain grabs the attention of everyone who visits the park. Splashing water in a jet in the air to a height of six meters, this beautiful fountain will make your heart skip a beat at its first glance. St. James's Park is home to a variety of different species of birds and animals. To enjoy the pristine water of the lake a wide range of birds gathers around the place including a massive variety of waterfowls who are the most famous inhabitants of the park. Pelicans, grey squirrels, foxes, brown rats, wood mice, etc. can also be easily seen here. An extensive outlay of flora also glorifies the park which majorly includes the Plane trees, running alongside the paths of the Mall, Horse Guard Parade grounds, and Birdcage Walk.
How to Get Tickets?
Entry to the park is free, so enjoy the charming vicinity free of cost.
How To Get Around?
You can easily explore the entire park area on foot. Reaching here is quite convenient owing to the availability of tubes, buses, cabs, taxis, etc.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the park is between 5 am to 12 pm all year round.
Currency is Pound Sterling.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
Westminster can be arrived at via airways, railways, roadways, and highways. You can easily get into the city from the nearby cities as well as from cities of different countries.
Dogs can enter the park, but they should be leashed wherever the park regulation says so. Smoking is strictly prohibited here.