The City of London has a perhaps surprising amount of open space available to locals and visitors to get away from the busy city life to relax and take some time in a slower paced lifestyle.
On the doorstep of Buckingham Palace lies St James's Park, home of the Mall and Horseguards Parade, a venue for events of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The park itself is host to the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony, in which the sovereign's official birthday is celebrated. This is a great chance to see the Queen as she is driven down the Mall, flanked by a huge marching band of around 400 musicians and foot guards.
The celebration typically culminates in a flypast from the Royal Air Force, a fitting send off for such a hugely entertaining ceremony. Unfortunately the Trooping the Colour only occurs once per year, but if you are in London at that time, it is well worth getting to St James's Park for, however if you do go to the park at other times of year, you will still be able to enjoy the majesty of this beautiful park in the shadows of the Palace.
Follow the Map link below to see all parks on an easy to use map of London. Do check their web site before you visit as you may find that they are having a special event or exhibition. You can find a link to their web site on our detailed information page.