Today I want to bring you my guide to Regent’s Park in London. This landmark green space is one of my favorite places to get outdoors, and there’s so much to see and do here that I could keep coming back forever and experience new things each time. I hope you enjoy this guide and map, and that they help you discover Regent’s Park for yourself.
Spanning 395 acres (160 hectares), Regent’s Park is one of the Royal Parks in London. Located in the northern part the city center, it’s best known for being home to places like the London Zoo and Queen Mary’s Rose Garden.
Regent’s Park was designed by John Nash. Originally part of the chase appropriated by Henry VIII, it was converted into a park in the early 19th century and was opened to the public in 1835.
Officially called The Regent’s Park, it was named after King George IV. He was Prince Regent for nearly a decade while his father, King George III, suffered from mental illness. He officially took the throne in 1820 and left a legacy of his playboy lifestyle and lavish living.
Which is why it’s fitting that Regent’s Park is named after him. This place is full of all the good things in life. From lush gardens to outdoor theaters and high-end art and food fairs, it’s a hedonist’s dream.
It’s also adjacent to Primrose Hill, a sloping park with some of thebest views of Londonfrom its highest point.
It’s easy to get to Regent’s Park from many parts of central London. The park has its own tube station, Regent’s Park station, which is on the Bakerloo Line.
Baker Street station is also nearby, and it’s served by the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, and Jubilee lines.
圣约翰伍德station and Camden Town station also provide access to the northern edges of the park. The former is served by the Jubilee line, and the latter by the Northern line.
For visitors coming from out of town, Euston and Marylebone train stations are nearby as well. Add to that lots of local buses and easy access on foot, and the park is simple to get to and easy to get addicted to.
Regent’s Park Highlights
Which is great because Regent’s Park is one of the most beloved of the Royal Parks in London.
There’s something for everyone here. Whether you enjoy sitting down for apicnicor stopping to smell the roses, you’ll find a reason to come and stay a while.
Queen Mary’s Rose Garden
My favorite thing to do in Regent’s Park is walk through Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. It’s home to London’s biggest collection of roses, and it’s one of thebest summer gardens in London.
Named after Queen Mary, wife of King George V, the garden opened in 1932 and has been a highlight ofsummer in Londonever since.
There are 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Rose Garden, and they cover both classic and modern varieties. There’s even a flower bed dedicated to the ‘Royal Parks’ rose.
In addition to roses, the garden features Delphinium and Mediterranean borders and a Begonia Garden with 9,000 blooms.
Other Gardens in Regent’s Park
As if Queen Mary’s Rose Garden isn’t impressive enough, Regent’s Park is home to a lot of other floral corners and corridors.
The Japanese Garden Island is stunning with the waterfalls overlooking it. Accessed by footbridge, it’s one of the most unique places in the park.
The Avenue Gardens are some of the most beautiful places in Regent’s Park. These Victorian gardens near Chester Gate include the Bog Garden, English Gardens, and Lion Vase.
They have stunning ornamental flower bowls and are punctuated by fountains. They’re particularly beautiful in spring and summer with their bulbs and blossoms.
St John’s Lodge Gardens sit at the northern part of the park’s Inner Circle and were designed by Robert Weir Shultz in 1889. Intended to be ‘fit for meditation’, they feature a series of compartments decorated with sculptures.
Regent’s Park Villas
When he designed Regent’s Park, John Nash originally planned to build 56 villas and a summer palace for the Prince Regent. Only eight of the villas were ever built and the palace never materialized.
But two of the original villas are still visible in the park today. The stately forms of St John’s Lodge and The Holme can be seen and admired by visitors.
In addition to them, there are lots of impressive mansions lining Regent’s Canal, which runs along the top of the park. There are more imposing facades on the east edge near where Park Square East meets Marylebone Road, too.
Regent’s Park Boating Lake
For those that prefer doing to seeing, the Regent’s Park boating lake is just the ticket. It’s the perfect place to rent a boat or pedalo from the Boathouse and spend an afternoon on the water.
The boating lake in Regent’s Park is big enough that there’s plenty to keep you interested. From islands to waterfowl, there’s a lot to see while paddling or pedaling.
Regent’s Park Zoo
And speaking of wildlife, the London Zoo is in Regent’s Park. Located on the northern edge where the park meets Regent’s Canal and Primrose Hill, the zoo is a great place to spend an afternoon.
From penguins to gorillas, giraffes to birds, there are a lot of animals to discover here.
Regent’s Park Seasonal Events
While many of Regent’s Park’s highlights are open year-round, some are seasonal or temporary. They’re worth planning ahead for, as they’re some of the bestthings to do in London在每年的特定时间。
Taste of London
Taste of Londonis a fun food festival in Regent’s Park. It takes place over five days every June and is a great summer event in the city.
London’s best restaurants and chefs come out to prepare small tastes of their famous dishes. Visitors can graze their way through the event, picking up food, sampling tastes from vendors, and watching cooking demos and talks.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
If theater is your passion, the annual Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is for you. This outdoor summer stage is a fixture on the city’s calendar, and brings famous works to life in an exciting venue.
From traditional Shakespeare to family favorites, the program has a range of offerings each year. It’s a fun experience to watch a production under the open sky.
Frieze Art Fair
If art is more your thing, just wait ’till autumn. The Frieze Art Fair comes to London every October, and Frieze London and Frieze Masters set up huge tents full of contemporary and historic art from leading galleries across the globe.
Ticket holders can see and purchase art from over 1,000 leading artists and experience Frieze’s curated sections and talks.
Frieze Sculpture also displays its works outside in the English Gardens, where non-ticket holders can take a peek.
The Park and Beyond
There’s a lot more to see and do in Regent’s Park, too. From tennis courts to playing fields, mosques to meditation areas, there’s something for everyone.
There are plenty of cafes dotted throughout, and you’re never far from an ice cream cone in the warmer months. Children’s playgrounds abound, too.
If you want to go further afield,canal walks in Londonwill take you through the park and beyond. And local neighborhoods likePrimrose Hill,圣约翰伍德,Camden,Marylebone, andFitzroviaare all on the park’s doorstep.
Regent’s Park Map
I’ve put all the places I mentioned in this blog post in a map so you can find them easily when you visit.
I hope this guide has inspired you to get to know Regent’s Park. I’ve had a great time exploring it since I moved to London, and I love how it keeps me coming back to discover more even after all these years.
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