St James’s Park & Green Park

Usually, when I have a lot of time and want to walk in parks, I start with Kensington Gardens and then move to Hyde Park, Green Park and, finally, St James’s Park. However, last time, when I posted about Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, I didn’t have time for the remaining two.

So today I am going to make up for this, starting with St James’s Park. Although, I like this park slightly less than Kensington and Hyde Parks, I still find it very nice and one big reason for this is the flowers.

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I like the flowers here way better than elsewhere, apparently they are selected very carefully and with great taste to make truly magnificent compositions.

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It’s quite early in the morning, the weather is pretty warm and relatively bright, albeit with a few clouds here and there.

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The other reason why I am really fond of this park is the St James’s Park Lake right in the middle of it, taking up at least one third of the park’s total area.

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Like in the case of all other lakes and ponds in other parks, there are lots of birds here.

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Only I find the wildlife much more varied here. Besides the usual ducks, geese and swans, there are herons, for example.

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And these, if I’m not mistaken, must be pelicans. The three of them look pretty funny, as if they are having a conversation right there.

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Knowing my utmost affection towards both bridges and geese, it’s not difficult to guess that this picture looks perfect to me!

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The Blue Bridge, by the way, is always busy with people taking pictures. One may ask, why.

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And the answer is this spectacular view of Buckingham Palace that you get from it.

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Or, the no less amazing view of London Eye and Horse Guards Parade from the other side.

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One last picture of the lake just before I leave St James’s Park and head towards Green Park.

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This is a rather pretentious flower bed next to Green Park’s Canada Gate in front of the Buckingham Palace.

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I’m sure, there are no introductions needed, but just in case: this is the Buckingham Palace itself.

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As always, there are gazillions of tourists around it. Given that it’s still early enough in the morning, I’m sure they are waiting for Changing the Guard ceremony.

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Green Park itself is my least favourite out of all, I would say. All it consists of are vast open spaces, and there isn’t really anything interesting to see.

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It looks like someone is having a pre-wedding photoshoot.

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This is the Piccadilly side of the park, close to the Green Park underground station, and I find it slightly nicer.

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