St James’s Park is the oldest of the Royal London parks dating back to the reign of James II who ordered the Park landscaped in 1603. Even today King James’s Royal Aviary is remembered by the road that runs next to the park called Birdcage Walk
There is a fantastic view of Buckingham Palace from the lake Bridge in the Park.
Walking through the park we crossed The Mall which is a fantastic tree lined avenue with Buckingham Palace at the end and proceeded to St James’s Palace.
St. James’s Palace is one of Londons oldest Palaces. Although no sovereign has resided there for almost two centuries, it has remained the official residence of the Sovereign and the most senior royal palace in the UK.
London’s famous Bond Street is revered throughout the world for its wealth of elegant stores, exclusive brands, designer fashion, luxury goods, fine jewels, art and antiques. Set in the heart of Mayfair, in London’s popular West End and encompassed by many of the world’s most outstanding hotels and restaurants, Bond Street is a landmark for all things sophisticated.
Eventually after having lunch we crossed Oxford Street and headed towards Marylebone High Street.
Marylebone High Street lies just a short walk from Oxford Street and yet is far less busy, has beautiful shops and boutiques and is so laid-back it feels almost like a market-town high street and not central London.
Marylebone High Street and Marylebone Lane are populated with lots of small and independent shops as well as smaller versions of most of the well-known high street names. Prominant as always is the array of coffee shops which is an unavoidable feature of the central London environment.
And so, crossing the busy Marylebone Road we finally reach Regents Park
Regents Park is is mainly open parkland which enjoys a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake, boating area, sports pitches, and children’s playgrounds. The northern side of the park is the home of London Zoo and the headquarters of the Zoological Society of London.
The south, east and most of the west side of the park are lined with elegant white houses designed by John Nash.