Around Buckingham Palace, London Location map
 
  Photograph of  the Mall, London, England   Around Buckingham Palace.

The Mall runs from Buckingham Palace, this end, to Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square at the far end and has St. James's Park on the south (right-hand) side. It was created as a ceremonial route in the early 20th century.

 

 

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  View of St. James's Park lake and Buckingham Palace, London, England   Around Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace seen across the lake in St. James's Park. St. James's Park is a 58 acre park in Westminster and is the oldest of the Royal Parks of London.

 

 

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  View of the lake in St. James's Park, London, England   Around Buckingham Palace.

The lake in St. James's Park. The original waterway was a straight canal-like structure which was remodelled in 1827, on the instructions of the Prince Regent (later George IV), to form the more natural-looking lake we see now.

 

 

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  Photograph of  St. James's Church, Piccadilly, London, England   Around Buckingham Palace.

When I first started working in London about 50 years ago I remember being surprised to see Pelicans in St. James's Park and on our latest visit I see that they are still there.

There are two Pelicans on the right-hand end of the rock, a Heron on the left-hand end and the other bird is possibly a Cormorant. The Pelicans were first introduced in 1664 as a gift from the Russian Ambassador. Visitors can see the pelicans basking on their favourite rocks and getting fed between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm every day.

 

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