Serene Spaces in Central London | St James's London


Serene Spaces in Central London

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

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Wherever you find yourself, London always has another corner to discover. The brilliant foodie haven of Heddon Street, the continental-style streets of St James’s, and the now-iconic bronze and stone ‘ribbon’ building in St James’s Market are just a few of our favourites. Flop down on the grass after a bike ride in the heart of the city, sit on some historic steps to catch up with a colleague, or find a tucked-away bench to enjoy a book away from the hustle and bustle. Whilst you’re here, why not grab an al fresco bite to eat at one of our neighbourhood eateries (more on where to book here). Keep reading for inspiration:

Park Life

We’re fortunate to be surrounded by many parks – perhaps the best known being Regent’s Park. At the Marylebone end of Regent Street – near to the BBC building and The Langham – it has an abundance of green spaces for you to explore.

To St James’s, and just off Piccadilly, bordered on its eastern side by The Ritz is Green Park, the perfect option to pop into during your lunchbreak. Why not walk to the southern side and take in the majestic Buckingham Palace while you’re there. 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 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 is served usually between 2:30pm and 3pm.

Sun-kissed Squares

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, for 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.

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.