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St James’ Park

Slap bang in the middle of London - make sure you watch the changing of the guard at nearby Buckingham Palace

Playground / cafe

Step free from Westminster / Central London

Capital tots thoughts:

St. James’ Park is the beating heart of London’s parks. It stretches from Horse Guard’s Parade to Buckingham Palace. There are birds galore in and around the Lake, there’s also a Children’s playground, deck chairs Apr-Sept, and guided walks. Free weekend concerts at lunchtime and early evening (mid June-end Aug). St James’ is a lovely haven if you’re doing some of the more hard-core London sights. It’s one of the smaller London Parks but that makes it easy to navigate.

Make sure you walk up to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard which happens every day in the summer and every other day during the rest of the year which every toddler seems to absolutely love.


Inn the Park is the best option. It is in the middle of the Park and has a fantastic terrace which has amazing views of the Park and beyond. It has delicious, healthy food and is reasonably located for central London.

Alternatively get a picnic from the Tesco Metro which is locate next to Westminster Tube on the way to the Park.

Make a day of it by:

Watching the Changing of the Guard and then walking across Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery (10 mins) or walking south across Hungerford Bridge to the London Eye.

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Getting there:

London Transport Journey Planner can be found here

Lifts at Westminster  / Step free access from Charing Cross and Victoria rail

London Transport Journey Planner can be found here

Nearest tube:

St James’ Park (District/Circle), Charing Cross (Bakerloo, Northern, Rail), Westminster (District/Circle/Jubilee), Victoria (District/Circle/Victoria Line)


Charing Cross and Victoria are about a 15 minute walk


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River boat:

St. James’ Park is about a 15 minute walk from the Thames Clipper river boat London Eye stop. A variety of tickets are available including Single Journey and River Roamer tickets. For further information and to buy tickets, click here to visit Thames Clippers' website