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St James's Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and is surrounded by three palaces. The most ancient is Westminster, which has now become the Houses of Parliament, St James's Palace and of course, the best known, Buckingham Palace.
The Park was once a marshy watermeadow. In the thirteenth century a leper hospital was founded, and it is from this hospital that the Park took its name. In 1532 Henry VIII acquired the site as yet another deer park and built the Palace of St James's. The park became more formal when Charles II became king in 1660. He had been in exile in France after the English Civil War and had been impressed by the elaborate gardens belonging to the French royal family. When Charles returned home, he ordered the redesign of St James's Park.
Duck Island is the home to many wild breeds of beautiful ducks and bird life. There are many ducks; gulls; swans; geese; pelicans.

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Weather permitting, deckchairs are available from April to September during daylight hours. The clear blue stripes of deckchairs create a very pleasant and photogenic contrast with the green of the typical British meadow, so making difficult to resist from taking a classical and peaceful postcard of this famous park.

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