St James's Park
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Take in the Royal Parks
No trip to London is complete without a stroll through the city’s manicured green spaces. Start in St James’s Park, home to four pelicans, which are fed beside Duck Island each afternoon. The tradition of pelicans in this park dates back to 1664, when the incumbent Russian ambassador presented them to London as a gift. Aim westwards to take in the spectacle of Buckingham Palace—the changing of the guards still takes place here, with much pomp and circumstance. Carry on through to Hyde Park, where you can rent paddleboats to tool around Serpentine Lake, before ending in Kensington Gardens, where Royals William and Kate reside in Kensington Palace. Photo by David Davies//Flickr.
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