Seasons in London: The Canada Memorial in Autumn

London, UK, images; seasons and weather – autumn

The Canada Memorial, London, in autumn
The Canada Memorial, London, in Autumn

Seasonal change – deciduous trees, colour of foliage, shedding of leaves – the Canada Memorial in autumn

More Information About the Canada Memorial

More than 100,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom

Italian Gardens, Kensington Gardens, London W2

London, UK, images; parks and gardens – royal parks

Oases of peace and quiet, places for families with children; ornamental water gardens; Italian Gardens within Kensington Gardens

Address and postcode: Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH (approximate postcode)

Nearest Underground StationLancaster Gate Station

Detail of the 150-year-old Italian Gardens in London, UK
Detail of the 150-year-old Italian Gardens, Kensington Gardens

The wrought-iron gates of Kensington Gardens, London

A tranquil retreat: Eaton Square Gardens in autumn

Bus stop sign displaying the bus routes to/from Grosvenor Gardens, London

Community projects in London: Calthorpe Project Community Garden

A Crocodile in St James’s Park, London?

London, UK, images; parks and gardens – royal parks

St James’s Park – with its grand view westwards to Buckingham Palace and eastwards to the majestic buildings of Whitehall – was established by King Henry VIII.

St James's Park's lake in London, UK
St James’s Park’s Lake in London

Address and postcode: St James’s Park, Westminster, London SW1A 2BJ

Nearest Underground Station: St James’s Park Station

From a Public Information Point at St James’s Park:

“Welcome to St James’s Park Lake

• A royal menagerie

What’s the link between a crocodile, five camels, a ‘red-wine loving’ elephant and a pelican? They have all inhabited St James’s Park. Don’t worry, the real crocodile and elephant were only here in the 17th century, when they were a gift from the King of Spain to James I!

• The Ambassador’s pelicans

Pelicans were first introduces to St James’s Park in 1664 as a gift from the Russian Ambassador. This was the start of a long royal tradition for collecting exotic and unusual wildfowl. Today, over 30 species of waterfowl still breed on the lake including mallard, golden eye, tufted duck, shelduck and wigeon.

Duck Island Cottage: Once a store for bicycles confiscated in St James’s Park

Writing in 1664, the famous diarist, John Evelyn, records a strange sight (amongst many) in St James’s Park. He saw a Balearian crane with a wooden leg, with a joint, made for the bird by a soldier! He noted that the crane could ” walk and use it as well as if had been natural”. He also speaks with interest of a solan goose, a stork, a milk-white raven and many other beasts and birds.”

A “Sainsbury’s bee” gathering honey on Tesco’s premises?