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Royal Daffodils & Pelicans

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

Did you know that St James's Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and is surrounded by three Royal Palaces? Westminster Palace (now the Houses of Parliament), St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace flank the once marshy water meadow where the river Tyburn flowed.

King Henry VIII used the park as a hunting ground and King James kept a collection of animals including camels, crocodiles and an elephant!

The famous pelicans were first introduced in 1664 as a gift from the Russian Ambassador to Charles II. Today, see the much-loved current residents who are fed fresh fish between 2:30 - 3:00pm every day and enjoy the fabulous displays of daffodils under the London Plane trees.

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