Green Park is the smallest of the royal parks, neighboring both St. James’s and Hyde Parks so that past kings could walk or take a carriage ride through the center of the city without having to leave royal grounds. In fact, Constitution Hill got its name from King Charles II taking his daily walks there to improve his physical “constitution.”
Today, Green Park is a peaceful, grassy oasis for sunbathing, picnicking, jogging and leisurely strolling—yet it has a history of rebellions, duels and disasters (the Temple of Peace that once stood in the park was destroyed during a fireworks display). Even the park’s lack of manicured flowerbeds has its roots in an alleged royal scandal; when the queen saw her husband picking flowers for another woman, she supposedly had all the flora removed. Still, on spring days, the daffodils growing wildly in Green Park turn its grounds golden yellow.
To further enjoy Green Park, take a free guided tour to learn about its rich history, hear about surrounding buildings and architecture, and be entertained by royal anecdotes. Visitors can also celebrate the queen’s birthday there in early June and witness a spectacular 41-gun royal salute fired by the King’s Troops.accommodations in Mayfair and apartment rentals in Westminster, including:
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To really get a feel for London, one must visit its parks. There’s nowhere better to start than in Green Park—and nowhere better to stay than in a New York Habitat vacation rental in the city’s center.
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