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Tree-lined road near Green Park wet after a rain shower.
United Kingdom
Greater London
Central London
Greater London
United Kingdom
Greater London
Central London
Greater London

Green Park

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  • Green Park is the smallest of central London’s eight Royal, but just as stylish and bursting with character as its larger counterparts. 
  • Be at one with nature in the 40 acres of park made up of beautiful trees, grasslands, and peaceful green space.
  • At Green Park you are near a whole host of attractions, like the Canada Memorial, The Memorial Gates’ pillars, Wellington Arch and more.
  • Feel like you’re in the countryside in the middle of London and have a picnic on your day out in the fresh air.  

The most serene of London parks, Green Park is a beautiful escape from the city, offering mature trees and grassland for the freshest, cleanest air you’ll find in central London.

As one of London’s Royal Parks, Green Park has a rich (and somewhat gruesome) history, believed to be a burial ground for lepers who stayed at the nearby hospital at St. James’s. The area remained fairly isolated until the 18th century, before it was transformed into a royal park, giving it time to fill with lush greenery and fresh air.

Gold embellished gates at Green Park.

This particular park is significant because it's often been the centre of important events throughout London’s history, such as notorious duels during the 1700s, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks in 1749, and the famous duel between William Pulteney, the first Earl of Bath, and John Hervey, the first Earl of Bristol). Duelling remains very much in its past though, with the park now known for its calming, therapeutic surroundings.

Green Park London remains the heart of many celebratory events, including a number of promenades, ceremonies, salutes and firework displays. The Royal Gun Salutes still take place in the centre of the park to this very day.  

One speculated reason for Green Park’s name is because there are no flowers there, just greenery. This is rumoured to be because Charles II was ordered by his wife to get rid of all the flower beds – because he was picking flowers for another woman!

People walking around Green Park.

If you’re looking for more than just a relaxing nature retreat, then you’re in luck as there are plenty of historic monuments nearby. The Canada Gate and Canada Memorial honours the Canadians who fought in WWII. The Memorial Gates are dedicated to the five million people in the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, and Africa, who lost their lives during WWI and WWII. These monuments are really worth a visit, great for family learning on a nice day.

The park’s central location means it has easy access to other London attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Piccadilly Circus. In fact, a walking route from Green Park to Buckingham Palace and on to Big Ben and the London Eye is an easy walk that would take you about half an hour in total.

What to know before you go

  • Green Park’s opening times are from 7.30am, closing 30 minutes before dusk, this applies to the facilities there, including the toilets which open from 8am, closing at 7pm. 
  • There are refreshment points on site at Green Park, open from 10.30am, located at Ritz Corner and Canada Gate. They serve bean-to-cup coffee, delicious ice cream, snacks and freshly made sandwiches. There is also an array of cafés, pubs and restaurants near Green Park, including The Clarence and The Rose & Crown.
  • Green Park is buggy and wheelchair-friendly, although there is some uneven ground.
  • There is not currently an accessible toilet, although one is being implemented.  
  • There are toilets at the corner of the park in Green Park Underground station, without baby-changing facilities.
  • There are places nearby to change your baby in restaurants and cafés, and in neighbouring Hyde Park (although a fee does apply).

Getting there

  • The closest Tube stations are Green Park (Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines) and Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line). It’s also walking distance from many central London stations, making it a perfect stroll for a family day out.  
  • If you want to visit Piccadilly Circus as well as Green Park, the walk is just over 10 minutes from Green Park Tube station along Piccadilly.  
  • Green Park is a 30-minute walk from Waterloo, or 10-minute Tube journey on the Jubilee line. Waterloo to Green Park is also a nice journey on bikes, taking about nine minutes.
  • The nearest train station is Charing Cross, which is a 15-minute walk from Green Park.  
  • You can reach the park via bus routes 2, 8, 9, 14, 16, 19, 22, 36, 38, 52, 73, 82, 148 and 436. 
  • For parking, you can pre-book at London Grosvenor Hill via NCP, plus a variety of other places to park.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines


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The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks Limited is a UK charity organisation that manages London’s eight royal parks and other areas of significant greenery in the capital city. The Royal Parks are originally owned by the Royal Family and monarchy of England and make up some of the most famous and best-loved parks in London. Making up 5,000 acres of gorgeous green space across the city, the eight Royal Parks include Hyde Park in central London, its enclosed Kensington Gardens, Bushy Park near Hampton Court Palace, St James’s Park featuring the world-famous Mall, The Green Park - a hit with commuters, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill with stunning views of the capital, Greenwich Park in South East London, the newly-restored Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens at the heart of Westminster, and of course Richmond Park - the biggest park in London. Four of the expansive parks also make up the Royal Parks Half Marathon route, which has been taking place in October each year since 2008 and ends in the iconic Hyde Park, attracting over 16,000 participants.

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