Category Archives: tourist stuff

002: Do not feed the Pelicans at St James’s Park

St James’s Park is one of the smallest parks in central London, but it’s also one of my favourite. First, standing from the bridge over the lake, there’s a splendid view on both Buckingham Palace on the one side and on the facades of Horse Guard’s Parade and the London Eye on the other.

view from the bridge in st james's park

Second, there’s a great selection of birds. The boards next to the lake remind you that you’re not allowed to feed them, but you can feed the squirrels instead – they come to eat right into your hand.

Pelicans at Saint James's Park

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001: See the Changing of the guard at Horse Guard Parade

Face it: the changing of the guard is one of London’s most famous institutions and you won’t escape it. That leaves you with the exciting choice of either Buckingham Palace or Horse Guard Parade. I’d advise Horse Guard Parade, because 1) it takes place every day (at 11.00), so you can be sure that you won’t come for nothing, and 2) it’s less crowded, so you will actually get to see something.

Changing of the guard

If you don’t like horses, you can come back in 2012: the Olympic games beach volleyball matches will take place there.