14-16 August 2014
- 14-16 August 2014
London's oldest Royal Park proudly hosts the 11th leg of the Tour
Release date: 01/01/1970
(Photo: The Royal Parks)
Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit St James’s Park. Some visitors enjoy the park as part of their daily walk to or lunch break from work; others come to relax in its peaceful green space. It is also known for the many historic buildings that border the park, together with its exceptional horticulture and bedding.
The park is the oldest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade Ground and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the setting of spectacular pageants including the annual Trooping the Colour. The park is surrounded by some of the country’s most famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and No. 10 Downing Street.
As well as being at the centre of ceremonial London, St James’s Park is also known for holding prestigious international sporting events which attract millions of spectators, participants and fans each year such as the London Marathon and RideLondon and one off special events such as July’s Tour de France which saw Germany’s Marcel Kittel race down The Mall in front of record crowds to win the London leg of the Grand Depart.
"We are proud to support London’s sporting legacy, the Royal Parks provided stunning backdrops for 11 London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic competitions which inspired 24 Team GB and ParalympicsGB medals, including 11 gold," says Penelope Boyd - Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks.
"In Greenwich Park Team GB rode their way to a best ever performance in the Olympic Equestrian competitions. As for ParalympicsGB - they appeared on all 11 podiums of the Paralympic Games in Greenwich Park, an incredible feat which deservedly saw them top the Equestrian medal table."
"Today we are excited to once again have one of our most iconic settings be used for an international show jumping event. I hope that Horse Guards Parade Ground will inspire the riders to the same heights as reached by the athletes competing in our parks during London 2012."
To discover more about the Royal Parks please visit www.royalparks.org.uk