If you come down from Trafalgar Square, across Pall Mall, with Admiralty Arch at one end and Buckingham Place the other you come to the best park in London... St James's Park. It is an oasis amongst all the great and famous buildings around, as in Horse Guards Parade, The Foreign Office, and The Treasury.
I love St James's it isn't huge, by say Hyde Park or Central Park standards. But it is lovely. In the middle is a huge lake full of birds,including pelicans in the summer. The little house in the photograph was built in the style of a Swiss Chalet for the park's bird keeper to live in years ago.
The flower planting in this park is wonderful, it feels more like a garden than a park, just lots and lots of flowers and trees surrounding the lake.
It is a favourite weekday lunch stop for people working in the Government depts situated around it. And at weekends it is a place for tourists to take a moment out of their hectic sightseeing itineraries.
All around it are fabulous views. My favourite is standing on the bridge in the middle of the lake and turning one way you see Buckingham Place, and the other the London Eye. And looking down the water gurgles underneath you with a constant flow of ducks and geese going about their daily business.
Horse Guards Parade
Bird Keepers Cottage (no longer used for that purpose)
A busy bird resting!