When you visit London, the last thing you want to do is sit inside, away from the bustle and atmosphere. But you have to eat right? Why eat inside a restaurant when you can enjoy the surroundings and atmosphere of St James Park?
On our recent trip to London, we were fortunate to have fabulous sunny weather. Coming from The Netherlands, we were determined to take in as much sunshine as possible.
St. James Park is located in the City of Westminster in central London. It is hard to miss if you are checking out the royal landmarks in the area. Close to Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, as well as Horse Guards Parade, it is the perfect spot for a bite to eat or a drink in between sightseeing.
There are a couple of cafes located in the park itself; great for sandwiches, coffee, and ice cream. We chose to grab some food from Tesco on Regent Street after visiting Piccadilly Circus. They had a great self-serve salad bar, pre-made sandwiches, and cold drinks, all of which you are able to take into the park. They don't even object to alcohol being consumed, as long as you aren't walking around with it.
There are public toilets available within St. James Park. Check the opening times on the information site for the park. You will need to pay the attendant a small amount, so make sure you have coins (as well as your ATM card for tap payment at one location).
Even when it's busy there is plenty of room to spread out, for the kids to run around. There is plenty of shade on sunny days, and the park is well-maintained and clean.
Make sure you add a picnic in St. James Park to your 'To Do' list next time you are in London.