St James’s Park can be seen in several episodes of The Crown where monarchs take a walk close to Buckingham Palace.
The park is surrounded by world-famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall right in the heart of the city. It’s one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of nearly 57 acres.
King Henry VIII was known for his love of hunting. He regularly used Regent’s Park as a hunting ground. St James’s Park wasn’t quite big enough for his needs, so he used it as an area for breeding young deer. Once they were old enough, they were shipped off to Hyde Park and Regent’s Park to face their fate.
Pelicans have lived in St James’s Park for nearly 400 years. They were originally presented as a gift from the Russian Ambassador to King Charles II.