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Published August 13th 2011
One imagines that when the authorities gathered in a small room to decide the name of this particular patch of land, the meeting didn't last very long.

A: So what shall we call it then?
B: Well, it's a park.
A: And it's really green.
B: Green Park?
A: Excellent.

And so Green Park came to be. The 47-acre park is a splendid spot, situated a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace and a frisbee's throw (if it catches the wind right) from Piccadilly Circus.

With its abundance of mature trees, on a bright sunny day you can choose whether to keep cool under one of them, or sizzle in the sun in one of the park's exposed areas.

One of Green Park's delightful attractions is its deck chairs, available for hire between March and October. For a one-hour doze you'll need to pay 1.50. A three-hour snooze will set you back 4 and an all-day slumber will empty your wallet of 7.

Unlike some of central London's other big parks, Green Park has no lakes or buildings. In the spring, however, it does have a whole lot of yellow when its 250,000 daffodils bloom. It's truly a sight to behold.

Among the park's notable features is the Canada Memorial, designed by the late Canadian sculptor Pierre Granche. Unveiled by the Queen in 1994, it honours the thousands of members of the Canadian forces who lost their lives during both World Wars I and II.

When state visits take place, 41 gun royal salutes are fired. A guaranteed date for the noisy salute is the Queen's birthday on the 14th of June.

There are two places where you can purchase refreshments - one at the north-east corner of the park close to Green Park tube station, and the other at the southern end, near Buckingham Palace.

If a day on the tourist trail in central London begins to grind you down, this is the place to go to recharge the batteries.
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Why? Its superb location makes it a great escape from the city centre.
When: Anytime
Where: Next to Buckingham Palace.
Cost: Free
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