In part two of our Mayfair Attractions Series, we’re featuring the park closest to our heart, Green Park.
A hop, skip and a jump away from Flemings, Green Park is a peaceful haven and next door neighbour to Buckingham Palace. One of the best things to do in Mayfair and a firm favourite of ours, take a stroll through the park – and enjoy a deck chair if the sun’s out – and take refuge amongst the mature trees and grassy areas.
Green Park was first recorded in 1554, at the time of a rebellion against the controversial marriage of Mary I to Phillip II of Spain. Charles II later enclosed the park, full of deer, for hunting. At this time it was known as Upper St James’s Park but renamed as The Green Park by 1746.
The park used to feature a library, ranger’s lodge as well as two large ‘temples’ called the Temple of Peace and the Temple of Concord. None of these buildings are still standing; the two temples were both destroyed by fireworks during gala festivities in 1749 and 1814.
These days, Green Park is popular for tourists and locals alike. When the sunshine shows its face get ready with a picnic in tow!
If you’re looking for a London hotel near Green Park, Flemings is situated on Half Moon Street opposite the park. Come out of Flemings and turn left, walk straight and cross Piccadilly, and you’re at Green Park. If you walk straight over the park you will reach Buckingham Palace.