Serene Spaces in central London | St James's London


Serene Spaces in central London

Discover our favourite resting spots for soaking up sunshine in the city

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Relax in London’s best parks and explore our favourite garden squares this summer

To celebrate the arrival of gloriously warm days, we’ve put together our favourite places to enjoy central London’s golden makeover.

From nature trails and glorious gardens awash with colour, to calming corners of the capital, find the perfect spot to enjoy London in bloom with our guide.

Make the most of bright sunshine in the Royal Parks

St James's Park

A visit to our neighbourhood isn’t complete without at least a brief stroll in St James’s Park to enjoy unparalleled views of some of the city’s most treasured landmarks. The oldest of London’s Royal Parks, this green oasis is bordered by three palaces: St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace and the ancient palace of Westminster, now the Houses of Parliament. Don’t fly off without a loop of the lake – you’re sure to spot some of its friendly inhabitants.

Green Park

Guests at The Ritz and The Stafford will be treated to sweeping views of blossoming hawthorn and lime trees, as well as Britain’s rarest native tree, the black poplar tree. But whether enjoyed from above or from its shaded pathways, this central London haven provides a welcome air tranquillity away from the buzz of the city. Walk over to the southern side and take in the majestic Buckingham Palace while you’re there.

Hyde Park

Find Serenity at the edge of the Serpentine. Pause overlooking the lake to enjoy this swooping design from British sculptor Simon Gudgeon inspired by the Egyptian goddess of nature. Get active outdoors with a one-of-a-kind horse ride, tennis or bowls match, or an impromptu football game with friends – or simply claim a patch of grass and lie back with the sun on your face. Stop off at The Joy of Life Fountain near the JW Marriott Grosvenor House and enjoy the scent of 60,000 nearby daffodils waving in the breeze. Pick up a nearby Santander Cycle for a short ride over to St James’s or your next destination.

Awaken your senses in St James’s Square

Whether you’re on your lunch break or just looking for a brief respite from a day shopping in the West End, St James’s Square is an idyllic spot to sit and watch the world go by.

Planning to visit nearby Regent Street too? Make time to explore its flourishing garden squares and green spaces.

Top steps to settle on

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. Perch on the steps with your lunch or simply steal a quiet moment here and arise refreshed.

Celebrate summer outdoors in London

We hope this guide helps you to enjoy our green spaces a little more this season. While you’re here, why not grab an al fresco bite to eat at one of our neighbourhood eateries, plan a walk in central London or build your confidence with our guide to cycling in London.