Address: London SW1A 2BJ

Time: Open continually

Phone: 0300 061 2350

800m from Victoria

0m from Green Park

Green Park lies between St James’s Park and Hyde Park with the three parks forming an almost unbroken stretch of greenery that runs past Buckingham Palace.

It had been part of the Poulteney estate which in the 16th century was enclosed by Henry VIII and was famous as the place where, in 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt led a rebellion to oppose the marriage of Mary I to Philip II of Spain. It was also a place for hunting and duelling. Charles II acquired the land in 1668 and turned it into Upper St James’s Park, stocking it with deer.

He also built an ice house for drinks in the summer which signalled the start of a number of structures to appear over the years. In 1749 the Temple of Peace was built to mark the end of the War of Austrian Succession and in 1814 the Temple of Concord was built to mark 100 years of Hanoverian dynasty. They were both destroyed during firework displays in the Park. It was for the 1749 event that Handel wrote Music for Royal Fireworks and by this time the park had become known as The Green Park.

In the 18th century the Tyburn Pool was built along with the Queen’s basin, a reservoir to supply the palace, and in 1826 the park became open to the public. By 1855 little of the structures remained and it had become a popular place for balloonists, but also highwaymen and thieves.

These days there are no lakes and the only monuments are the Canada Memorial, the Constance Fund Fountain and the Bomber Command memorial which opened in 2012. There are also the Canada Gates on the south side. Geographically it has the road of Constitution Hill on the south side, which separates it from Buckingham Palace. On the north west side is Piccadilly and on the east side is the Queen’s Walk path, which is overlooked by both St James’s Palace and Clarence House.

Being next to Buckingham Palace makes it one of the most popular landmarks in central London.

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