Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer in the City .... Parklife

As we head towards the end of August and probably the end of summer I'm looking back on some of my favourite places that I have spent some of Summer 14 in. The weather this year has been lovely and I've been determined to spend as much time as I can outside enjoying summer in London.
One of my favourite spaces that I have spent time in is St James Park. Filled with Deckchairs and fabulous views, it is the perfect park to relax in.
St James is the oldest Royal park in London and is surrounded by Palaces, Buckingham, Westminster and St James. 470 years ago the park was mainly farmland, and woods. King James kept a collection of animals in the park. They included camels, crocodiles and an elephant. There were also aviaries of exotic birds along what is now Birdcage Walk. And next to St James's Palace, King James created a flower garden. The flower gardens still remain one of my favourite features and when I visited the Sweet Williams were in full display along with some glorious foxgloves.
 The courts in St James's Park gave their names to the present day Pall Mall and The Mall. A tradition also began at this time that continues today. In 1664, a Russian ambassador presented a pair of pelicans to the king. Pelicans are still offered to the park by foreign ambassadors and remain one of the most popular sights in the park. The park still has lots of pelicans and then basking on the rock in the middle of the pond near Duck Island. Four Pelicans are fed daily between 2.30-3.30 near the island.  Pelicans are very social and quite often join people enjoying their lunch sitting on the benches eating their lunch.
My other favourite part of the park is the little cottage by Duck Island, this gorgeous little house has a vegetable patch, and a glorious flower meadow and pond. The wild flowers were in full bloom and were a perfect backdrop to the blue skies and green fauna.
St James Park is the perfect park in London for commuters, a glorious cut through when walking between Westminster and Mayfair. A great stop for coffee, relaxing in a deckchair and a welcome break from exploring the Palaces surrounding the park.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer in the City .... Parklife

As we head towards the end of August and probably the end of summer I'm looking back on some of my favourite places that I have spent some of Summer 14 in. The weather this year has been lovely and I've been determined to spend as much time as I can outside enjoying summer in London.
One of my favourite spaces that I have spent time in is St James Park. Filled with Deckchairs and fabulous views, it is the perfect park to relax in.
St James is the oldest Royal park in London and is surrounded by Palaces, Buckingham, Westminster and St James. 470 years ago the park was mainly farmland, and woods. King James kept a collection of animals in the park. They included camels, crocodiles and an elephant. There were also aviaries of exotic birds along what is now Birdcage Walk. And next to St James's Palace, King James created a flower garden. The flower gardens still remain one of my favourite features and when I visited the Sweet Williams were in full display along with some glorious foxgloves.
 The courts in St James's Park gave their names to the present day Pall Mall and The Mall. A tradition also began at this time that continues today. In 1664, a Russian ambassador presented a pair of pelicans to the king. Pelicans are still offered to the park by foreign ambassadors and remain one of the most popular sights in the park. The park still has lots of pelicans and then basking on the rock in the middle of the pond near Duck Island. Four Pelicans are fed daily between 2.30-3.30 near the island.  Pelicans are very social and quite often join people enjoying their lunch sitting on the benches eating their lunch.
My other favourite part of the park is the little cottage by Duck Island, this gorgeous little house has a vegetable patch, and a glorious flower meadow and pond. The wild flowers were in full bloom and were a perfect backdrop to the blue skies and green fauna.
St James Park is the perfect park in London for commuters, a glorious cut through when walking between Westminster and Mayfair. A great stop for coffee, relaxing in a deckchair and a welcome break from exploring the Palaces surrounding the park.

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