St. James’s Park

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Just  a stone’s throw from St. Ermin’s, St. James’s Park is the oldest of the Royal Parks. We love it for its red squirrels and pelicans. The red squirrels are everywhere. You’ll find the pelicans strutting awkwardly on Duck Island at the east end of the park. Pelicans were first introduced into St. James’s Park in 1664 as a gift from the Russian Ambassador. When you visit their nesting grounds, make sure check out the fairy tale birdkeeper cottage.

Other landmarks? The Blue Bridge in the center of the park is a hit for parents and their small folk. It’s a great place to feed the ducks. It has views across St James’s Park lake, to Buckingham Palace to the west, and the Horse Guards Parade, Big Ben, and the London Eye towards the east.

St. James’s Park, Royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park

Read the full Small Folk Travel London Guide.

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Small Folk Travel is a family travel site by mama and travel writer Taraneh Jerven. The Jerven family (two toddlers, one bun in the oven) travels incessantly. When researching our trips, we couldn't find the family travel coverage we were looking for. We did our own research. We wrote the family travel guides ourselves. Taraneh Jerven writes for international travel publishers including RoughGuides.com and DK Eyewitness Travel. We cover good stuff for discerning parents and their little ones. Often these overlap. If they don't, we take turns.

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