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What to do in Green Park: A Comprehensive Area Guide



In need of a breath of fresh air? Or a place that is still close to the city but also somewhere you can submerge yourself in greenery and tranquillity? Well, if so, Green Park may be the place for you. Boasting a plethora of activities, restaurants, historic monuments and picturesque views, the district offers an exquisite setting for your stay in London.


This guide will help provide key insights into the area and places you can frequent. Let’s explore what they are.


Overview of Green Park

As one of London’s eight historic Royal Parks, Green Park is marked as one of London’s most serene places to have a quick retreat from city life. Whilst it offers a perfect getaway from the bundling streets of London, it is also within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Palace and Piccadilly Circus.


Green Park covers more than 40 acres, linking St. James’s Park and Hyde Park in a chain of Royal Parks. The linkage was a result of Charles II, who after becoming King of England in 1660, wanted to be able to walk from Hyde Park to St. James’s Park without leaving royal soil.


Although it is now known for its peaceful nature — pardon the pun — Green Park’s history is far from peaceful. Before it was transformed into a park in the 16th century, it is believed that the marshland was once a burial ground for lepers who were admitted to St. James’s hospital.


However, under the reign of Charles VII, it was transformed not only into a hunting and duelling ground for the king, as well as grounds for royal firework spectaculars and two ‘showpiece temples’ — The Temple of Peace and the Temple of Concord. Ironically, both became temples of destruction, destroyed in 1749 and 1814 respectively after festivities went astray.


What is Green Park known for?

London’s Green Park is mainly known as one of the most peaceful of all Royal Parks. Alongside this, it is also known for its colourful history, notably being a refuge to the infamous highwaymen and robbers in the 1700s.


Can you walk through Green Park?

Yes, Green Park offers a multitude of different walking trails, pathways and even running routes for you to choose from. It is the ideal place to walk a great distance, away from the hustle and bustle.


What is the size of Green Park?

Green Park is the smallest of the royal parks, approximately 47 acres in size. To put this into perspective, this is equivalent to 4,690 London double-decker buses!


Which part of London is Green Park?

Green Park is located in the heart of Mayfair, Central London.


What to do in Green Park

Whether you are looking to take a break from the office, or are seeking to expand your horizons, Green Park is a beloved public space that can provide relaxation and serenity. With The Royal Parks charity marking it as ‘a little oasis of calm in the hectic heart of the city’, most nature lovers flock to this open green space to absorb the scenic views. Particularly in the summertime, it is the ideal place to sunbathe on the green with friends or even hire a deckchair to make an afternoon of people-watching.


If you are looking to have an enriching experience, perhaps a visit to the statues and memorial sites dispersed around Green Park may be appealing. Home to the Bomber Command Memorial, the Canada Memorial and the Memorial Gates, each of these special dedicated sites commemorates the men and women who lost their lives in both World Wars. There are also several notable landmarks such as the Wellington Monument and St. James’s Palace — the official residence of kings and queens for more than three centuries.


What to see in Green Park

Marked by its simplicity due to the absence of formal flower beds, Green Park offers avenues of plane trees, wildflower meadows and the songs of visiting birds. This peaceful oasis in the epicentre of London has also gained popularity for its blooming of daffodils in the springtime. Furthermore, if you are looking to see the variety of wildlife that resides at Green Park, you may be enticed to travel through the park in the evening to witness a common twilight sight of pipistrelle bats. This extensive urban and unique parkland allows for wildlife and people to exist side by side.


The park also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the London Marathon and Royal Parks Half Marathon, where you can see the thousands of runners that pass through twice a year. Also worth seeing is the Royal Gun Salute, which takes place on special occasions such as the King’s Birthday, and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.


Where to eat in Green Park

Green Park offers an abundance of dining areas within walking distance; from high profile restaurants to recognisable chains, chic cocktail bars and breakfast hotspots, this is a prime location to get high-quality food. Taking a stroll in the afternoon? Le Deli Robuchon, a casual yet sophisticated all-day dining deli, sits opposite Green Park and offers the finest breakfast classics such as Eggs Royale or avocado on toast. Pair this with their patisserie selection and it will be the perfect post-Green Park Stroll.


If you are looking for a fine dining experience in the gastronomic haven that is Mayfair, some notable restaurants to visit include Nobu, Corrigans and Little Social. And if the scenic views in Green Park are not enough, you may want to visit 10 Degrees Sky Bar or Aqua Nueva for some premium hand-crafted cocktails, live performances and a bespoke, panoramic view of London.


Where to stay in Green Park

Located in the heart of the city, Green Park offers an enticing blend of urban vibrancy and tranquil sanctuary that silences the noise of the city. Surrounding neighbourhoods such as Mayfair, Soho, Westminster, and Victoria further enhance the appeal, each offering its own unique charm and amenities.


While Mayfair has an abundance of high-end shops and restaurants, Soho boasts a pulsing nightlife and is known for its variety of music venues and bars as well as its collection of vintage bookstores. In comparison, Westminster is home to iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, while Victoria is noteworthy for its proximity to popular London attractions and status as a major transport hub.


There is an abundance of boutique hotels and upscale accommodations available in Green Park. You may be interested in our Modern Luxury Central Apartment, featured at London Luxury Listings.


This elegant three-bedroom and three-bathroom apartment, situated just three minutes from Green Park tube station, offers an atmosphere of quiet sophistication. Despite its tranquillity, it's only minutes away from the vibrant city life. You will be placed within walking distance to all of the best shops, restaurants, parks and famous landmarks.


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