Things to do near St James’s Park
Meet the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street
Or not. The street is cordoned off and likely you won’t even be able to catch a glimpse of the door. It used to be a public pathway, but nowadays anti-terrorism laws are quoted as the basis for the blockade. Security was also tightened back in 1991, after a bombing by the IRA. Still, it’s an interesting place to drop by, and if the Prime Minister is unavailable, you might at least get to meet the resident Downing Street cat. While there, see if you can convince one of the buff policemen to join you for a selfie. Then tick off this important landmark from your list of must-see places.
Visit the Churchill War Rooms
Churchill War Rooms are within a short walk from the St James’s Park station and well worth a visit if you have time to spare. It is an underground bunker where Winston Churchill and his war cabinet were plotting out the events of the Second World War. You could easily spend an hour or two in this museum, but beware of the queues. Opt for a weekday visit if you can.
Relax at St James’s Park
Let’s not forget the park itself. A beautiful oasis of calm in the busy city centre, it has quite a few secrets for you to discover. You have the option to visit the world-famous resident pelicans or take a walk to the Buckingham Palace. Had a busy day? Buy a newspaper, a coffee and rent a deck chair for a relaxing lounge in the sun (deckchairs are only available during the warm season). Being the oldest of all the Royal Parks in London, St James’s Park boasts impressive landscaping, mature trees and a diverse bird population.