I am lucky enough that I came to England, knowing that I had a lot of friends here. One of my closest friends, Emily, was here waiting for me with open arms. Furthermore, she had a rather embarrassing South African flag, probably the size of Jupiter. For our first adventure together, was that I was not allowed to go see the stock standard tourist traps. Eamon and I had promised each other we would do this together. Emily was left with a challenge on her hands, but she was not deterred. Hence, off we went to the local Sainsbury’s and bought a bottle of Hardy’s red. After some debate we came to a decision, we would go to St James Park. This park is basically Buckingham Palace’s back (or front?) garden. We were headed that way after the changing of the guards, so no touristy things for me!
This park is basically Buckingham Palace’s back (or front?) garden. We were headed that way after the changing of the guards, so no touristy things for me!
St James Park is absolutely beautiful. It is definitely my most note-worthy park in London. It has the perfect balance of quiet nature mixed with a buzzing social setting. Emphasis on buzzing, there seem to be a lot of bees! We were there on a Friday afternoon so anyone who had knocked off early from work, anyone who was having their lunch break or any of the tourists thrumming from the direction of Buckingham Palace were there.
There is a quiet lake with beautifully solemn weeping willow trees lining the banks. There are random spots in the shade where you can sit down and marvel at the nature around you or read a good book. The park is packed with wild birds and there is birdseed on sale which is an excellent activity for kids and bird lovers.
Emily and I found a quiet spot under a tree and enjoyed our wine in the sunshine. With the throngs of people walking by for us to watch, we had plenty entertainment. Although we were there long enough to finish our bottle of wine, it felt like nearly no time had passed at all.
St James Park is a beautiful setting for someone to just get lost in. This park is something I can imagine myself playing in when I was younger. All my fantasy games of fairies and hobgoblins would have come alive in St James Park, I am sure of it!