St James’ Park and Westminster
Soak up London’s royal roots and political history in this walk from The Athenaeum to Big Ben. Wander through the northern corner of Green Park to reach St James’ Palace, which dates back to the 1500s, having been built by King Henry VIII. This is still a working palace so members of the public cannot enter, but it’s a wonderful piece of architecture and history to enjoy on a walk. Cross The Mall to enter St James’ Park and head straight towards the lake – a wonderful viewing point where you can see Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the London Eye. Turn left and follow the lake around to Duck Island, where you can enjoy some of the park’s wildlife, which includes pelicans! Exit the park along Horse Guards Road and stroll around the streets of Westminster to take in Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.