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Green Park, London

Green Park is located across Buckingham Palace in the City of Westminster in Central London. The park is just 16 hectares (40 acres) in area and is the smallest among the Royal Parks of London. Green Park is triangularly shaped and neighbours Piccadilly in the north, Buckingham Palace Gardens in the south, St James’s Park in the southeast and the Queen’s Walk in the east.

Green Park has a character of its own that sets it apart from the other Royal Parks of London. You’ll not find any lakes, ponds, formal gardens, colourful flowerbeds, shrubberies or even a children’s playground here. Though a small park, it’s peaceful and charming featuring green lawns and mature trees offering visitors a quiet welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of Central London. There are also several memorials within Green Park.

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About

King Henry VIII acquired the land now known as Green Park in the 16th century and turned it into one of his hunting grounds. In the 17th century, King Charles II converted the land into a Royal Park and named the park ‘Upper St James's Park’. He had a brick-walled enclosure built and laid out the main walks in the park. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the area was a haunt for highwaymen and thieves as well as a duelling ground. In 1820, the English architect John Nash was responsible for designing and landscaping Green Park as a continuation to St. James's Park.

Green Park in autumn by Rept0n1x

See & Do

Green Park has an undulating landscape featuring grass and trees. There are no formal flowerbeds but in spring large patches of daffodils bloom and gush into life turning many areas of the park yellow. The trees here are primarily plane and lime trees but there are spots of hawthorn, maple, poplar and oak. The park is not rich in wildlife but will see common birds that include blackbirds, starlings and tits and in winter migrant birds such as redwing and fieldfare.

Walking path through Green Park by Derzsi Elekes Andor

Memorials in Green Park include the Canada Gate dedicated to Queen Victoria in the early 20th century as a gift from the people of Canada. The Canada Gate incorporates metal crests of Canada’s provinces and a wide tree-lined path extends from the gate to the Queen Victoria Memorial. The Canada Memorial commemorates Canadians who served with the British forces during the First and Second World Wars. The Memorial Gates pay tribute to soldiers from the Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and the Caribbean who served during the two world wars. The Bomber Command Memorial honours those who died serving the Bomber Command in World War II and features bronze statues of a Bomber Command crew.

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Visiting Green Park

Green Park opens to visitors daily from 5 a.m. until midnight. The nearest London Underground stations from Green Park are Hyde Park Corner Station (serving the Piccadilly Line) and Green Park Station (serving the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly Lines). London red buses travelling on several routes across London stop near the park including routes number 2, 8, 9, 14, 16, 19, 22, 36, 38, 52, 73, 82, 148 and 436.

Green Park on the Map

Westminster, London SW1A 2BJ, UK

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