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Nearest Tube: Green Park
The 53 acres of Green Park are located to the west of St James's Park. Joined to St James's Park on its eastern corner, and by subway to Hyde Park on its western corner, the three parks together offer a massive area of parkland right in the centre of London.
The name comes from the fact that when the park was first laid out it had very few flower beds. Even today it is predominantly grass, interspersed with elegant Plane trees. It is one of central London's least crowded parks and so is a good choice if you are looking for some peace and quiet.
Legend has it that the park is built on the site of the burial ground for lepers from St James's hospital, which is why no flowers grow here. But some dispute this. What is known is that the area was first set aside as parkland under the reign of Henry VIII (1509-47), and became a royal park under Charles II (1660-85).
In the 18th century ballooning, firework displays and duels often took place in Green Park. And in 1748 Handel wrote his Music for the Royal Fireworks for a firework display that took place here to celebrate the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle.
A wide avenue called Queen's Walk, named after George II's wife Queen Caroline, runs along the eastern edge of the park. Attractions close by include Spencer House and St James's Palace. Green Park is open to the public.
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