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St James's Park

The 93 acres of this Royal Park were acquired by Henry VIII in 1531 to give him hunting near his Royal residences. Charles II, commissioning the French landscape gardener Le Notre to create a formal park around a central canal, turned it into a fashionable rendezvous. The present layout of charming 'naturalistic' parkland, walks and lake, the work of John Nash for George IV, dates from 1827.

Features include Duck Island bird sanctuary with many species of duck, geese and even pelicans; children's playground, bandstand, refreshment pavilion, and the much recorded views towards Whitehall and Westminster, a delight to the eye.

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