Whenever you think you’ve discovered every part of London, there is always another corner to discover. The brilliant foodie haven of Heddon Street, the continental-style streets of St James’s, and the tree lined pavements of Regent Street are just a few of our favourites.
If you’re looking for ways to soak up the last of the summer sun in style, look no further. Why not flop down in a park after a bike ride through the heart of the city, take in the Mall from the heights of Waterloo Place, or watch the world go by from St James’s Square. Read on to discover more…
On a visit to the West End, you’ll be spoilt for choice not only with shopping and dining, but for London’s famous parks, with perhaps the best-known, Regent’s Park, being a hop, skip and jump from the famous curve. Start your day at the Marylebone end of Regent Street – near The Langham – and visit ZSL London Zoo or the Allotment Garden, brimming with fruits, vegetables and tips to help you grown your own at home.
Towards St James’s, and just off Piccadilly, bordered on its eastern side by The Ritz is Green Park, the perfect place to pop into during your lunchbreak. Why not walk to the southern side and take in the majestic Buckingham Palace while you’re there
St James's Park
Another favourite of ours is St James’s Park, also boasting views of Buckingham Palace, along with The London Eye and Big Ben on a clear, sunny day. Originally a deer park, the much-loved Pelicans have since commandeered this rather enviable spot as their own, calling the park home for over 350 years since being gifted to King Charles II by the Russian Ambassador in 1664. Our tip? Try to catch their daily feed – fresh fish - served usually between 2:30pm and 3pm.
St James’s Square is a stone’s throw away from some of St James’s most-popular destinations – The Grosvenor Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Sofitel St James’s Hotel to name a few. Regent Street meanwhile has Hanover Square set just off Hanover Street, behind the Apple flagship store. It’s a perfect spot for people watching, enjoying street style and glamour with Vogue House as the backdrop.
Steps to Settle On
As you’ll know from previous articles, a favourite spot of ours is the steps of Waterloo Place. Overlooking the Mall, it’s an area rich in history, with statues commemorating Florence Nightingale and The Crimean War right beside you.
It’s always a welcome respite to spend time outdoors, giving both your mind and body the chance to refresh. We hope this guide helps you to enjoy our green spaces a little more this summer. Whilst you’re here, why not grab an al fresco bite to eat at one of our neighbourhood eateries.
For more ideas about how to enjoy our neighbourhood – discover our guide to cycling around the city here. You can also read our recommendations on how to walk to central London here - to help get those steps up and avoid public transport.