Spring walks: Westminster wanders
Make the most of the gaps in the clouds and breaks in the rain and try this central London walk, a nice detour if you happen to be in the Trafalgar Square area.
From Charing Cross or Trafalgar Square head to Whitehall, cross into Horse Guards, marked by the two mounted sentries in ceremonial uniform. You could try and catch the Changing of the Guard which takes place daily, Mon-Sat 11am, Sun 10am.
Walk through Horse Guards Parade to St James’s Park, the oldest of the royal parks. Look out for the pelicans, they are fed daily at 2.30-3.30pm near Duck Island cottage. From the bridge across the lake are great views of the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Whitehall. Take a stroll through the park and you should lots of spring flowers and ducklings in the lake.
If you fancy brunch or lunch head to Inn the Park, a cafe/restaurant in a gorgeous setting near the lake. www.innthepark.com
After a stroll around the park exit onto The Mall – the tree-lined “red carpet” leading to Buckingham Palace. If you missed the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards you could try and catch it here. April – Aug daily 11.30am, Sept-March alternate days.
Check to see if the Queen is at home – a flag always flies above Buckingham Palace. When the Queen is in residence, the Royal Standard flies. If not the Union Jack flies instead.
Head back through St James’s Park onto Birdcage Walk, named after the Royal Aviary which used to be situated here. Pass through Queen Anne’s Gate and wind your way to Parliament Square and Westminster station.