The smallest of London’s network of eight Royal parks, Green Park is located in Westminster, between Hyde Park to the west and St. James Park to the east. The 40-acre (16-hectare) green space is dissected by the Mall on one side and Constitution Hill on the other, right next to Buckingham Palace. It’s a peaceful triangle, known for mature plane and lime trees as well as a number of memorials, statues, and fountains.
Its proximity to Buckingham Palace makes Green Park a popular destination for visitors looking to escape the bustle of the city. The park is home to memorials honoring Canadian, African, Indian, and Caribbean soldiers killed in the two World Wars. The park is on the path of the 7-mile (11-kilometer) Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk. It’s also included on a number of hop-on hop-off bus tours, and royal and historical tours of the city.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Deck chairs are available to rent from March to October during daylight hours.
- There are two refreshment kiosks in Green Park located at Ritz Corner and Canada Gate.
- The park is wheelchair accessible.
- Green Park has been used backdrop to a number of films, including The Importance of Being Earnest.
How to Get There
The closest underground stations include the Green Park and Hyde Park Corner stations, and the park is also served by multiple bus lines. There are no parking facilities near the park.
When to Get There
The park is open all day, year-round. Upwards of a million daffodils bloom in the park in the spring, tuning Green Park a brilliant yellow for a brief few weeks.
Royal Gun Salutes
Royal Gun Salutes, which mark special occasions like the Queen’s birthday and state visits, are fired from Green Park. Salutes are normally fired at midday and include 41 rounds. Public attendance is permitted, and a full schedule can be found online.