Regent’s Park is a Royal Park located in London, United Kingdom. It is situated in both the City of Westminster and London Borough of Camden. It represents London’s biggest outdoor sports area including cricket, rugby, softball and football. You can also relax and visit the Open Air Theatre, Primrose Hill, the gardens, monuments, fountains of the park or the London Zoo. Visitors can enjoy different cultural or artistic events and spectacles that take place inside the park.

Highlights

  • Queen Mary’s Garden – It is an important garden and one of the main attractions in Regent’s Park. Its name came from King George V’s wife. The most memorable thing about the garden are the abundance of roses, around 12,000. For the best blooms, it is recommended to visit the Garden at the beginning of June. You can also admire other flowers besides roses, such as begonias at the Begonia Garden.

  • The Hub – It’s home to the largest outdoor sports facility in London. You can enjoy a relaxing game of cricket, softball, rugby or football during various parts of the season or if you are a sports lover – you can hire pitches or attend classes of yoga, power stretch, running or other sporting activities. The Park also provides a playground for children.

  • Primrose Hill – It is located in the northern part of Regent’s Park at approximately 63 meters above sea level. The hill has always had a great reputation as a very expensive residential district. Trees are kept to a restrictive height to maximise city views. Amoungst the trees you wiill have the opportunity to see the famous ‘Shakespeare’s Tree’.

  • Memorials, Fountains and Statues – Visitors can admire famous sculptures or memorials like Triton Fountain, Griffin Tazza, Jubilee Gates, Boy and Frog Statue, Readymoney drinking Fountain, Hylas and the Nymph Statue or The bandstand.

  • Zoo – Situated on the northern edge of Regent’s Park, London Zoo has the greatest collection of animals in the United Kingdom. It hosts 755 species of animals.

Tips

  • Theatre – The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park is located within the Inner Circle and accessible via Queen Mary’s Garden. It offers different spectacles and shows during the summer time.
  • Boat and Pedalo Hire – Adults can hire adult pedalos and rowing boats from the boating lake, which is open between April and September. In addition, there is also a separate lake for children, that’s only opened during school holidays, bank holidays and weekends.
  • Tennis Centre – For tennis lovers, Regent’s Park provides a Tennis Centre, where people are encouraged to play by attending special courses. For regular players, a range of membership options are available.
  • Food & Drinks – Regent’s Park houses a variety of restaurants and bars, where you can try BBQ ribs, burgers, cold snacks or vegetarian meala. The places are strategically located, next to main attractions, like the lake, Tennis Centre and Hub. You can also enjoy your meal or drink in the park.
  • Wildlife – The Park is famous for the large number of birds that are fed by park visitors. The best time to view birds flying over the park is in the first few hours after the dawn.

Transport

  • Tube – Stop at the following Tube stations: Regent’s Park, Great Portland Street, Baker Street, St John’s Wood or Camden Town.
  • Bus – Use the following bus routes: C2, 2, 453, 13, 274, 189, 139, 113, 18, 82, 74, 30 or 27.

History

In the past, the area was in the possession of Barking Abbey. Henry VIII seized the vast 197 hectares site and transformed it into a Crown property, a chasing domain and finally into a park in 1538. Regent’s Park was initially known as Marylebone Park. In 1811, John Nash was asked by Prince Regent to build a master plan for the park. Helped by Decimus Burton, he created a complex and ample project, but some of his ideas were abandoned. Today, it’s just St John’s Lodge villa and The Holme Villa that remain of Nash’s designs. There are still many beautiful terraces throughout the park like Gloucester Gate, Cambridge Terrace, York Terrace or Cumberland Terrace that have been designed by John Nash.

In 1835, the park was partially opened, but the public was able to visit it only two days every week. In the 1930s, Queen Mary’s Gardens were created, and are currently some of the most well maintained features in the park. Later, the Zoological Society, the Royal Botanic Society, Regent’s University London, Regent’s American College London (RACL), Webster Graduate School, London Central Mosque and other institutions were hosted within the park’s grounds. Between 1988 and 2004, Regent’s Park was restored and six new villas were added.

Interesting Facts

  • Various buildings within the park were bombed during the Second World War, but have been restored.
  • A few scenes from the movies Harry Potter, Spy Game, Brief Encounter, About a boy, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, An American Werewolf in London were filmed in Regent’s Park.
  • Regent’s Park is featured in the first level of the video game 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue.

12 Reviews

  1. Jillibeankc6
    Jillibeankc6 72 Comments
     -  02 May 2018

    Enjoyable Evening Visit

    We saw a rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the open air theatre in the park. It was very refreshing to walk between all of the flower beds, fountains and lawns on the way. The performance was top quality, and the actors made some creative choices on how they played their characters. The show had a live ensemble playing during the show, and they used some traditional Shakespearian style outfits and tricks.

  2. Nicholas Jayaputra
    Nicholas Jayaputra 25 Comments
     -  23 Mar 2018

    Fantastic attraction

    Amazing views and beautiful environment!

    One of my favorite parks in London, especially during spring-early fall. Sometimes, London can get really gloomy for anybody, but this park just lifts that gloominess away. It has a river in the middle of the park and lots of swans are swimming on the water surface. You can also jog or sit on the bench provided along the river. You can also do a picnic on the grass and just chill when the weather permits.

    The easiest to reach this place is just use the tube and stop at Baker Street Station. From there just walk upward toward the direction of the Sherlock museum.

  3. lhajro
    lhajro
    Bosnia and Herzegowina 49 Comments
     -  18 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Supreme place to visit if you ever get tired of the city bustle. It’s such a huge park, it’s really easy to find a nice serene corner to just relax in. There are many options for food and beverage, you don’t even have to bring your own picnic! My favorite highlights were visiting Queen Mary’s Garden, the begonias and roses are gorgeous. The many statues and fountains are also a big part of what makes the park so ethereal.

  4. NicoleH
    NicoleH
    Canada 60 Comments
     -  15 Oct 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    This park was huge and great to walk around in, even on a rainy day. You can visit the zoo while you’re there or just take in the beautiful gardens. Not so touristy as it seemed like the people who were there were mostly locals playing footie or enjoying a picnic.

  5. Uswa Shamail
    Uswa Shamail 13 Comments
     -  16 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    I LOVEDDDDD REGENTS PARK. I had the best time there with my sister and dad, we went picnicking there. It was the perfect, clear summer day. Its such a nice and peaceful retreat after the endlessness of city life. Make sure to visit the zoo, all animals perched in their most natural of settings and the Queen Mary garden – full of fresh and bright colours.

  6. Tara
    United Kingdom 15 Comments
     -  15 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    A beautiful free park in the centre of London. Take a wander around to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the bustle of the city. It’s also a lovely place for a picnic on a warm day in the summer.

  7. sattard
    sattard 16 Comments
     -  14 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Probably London’s most beautiful park – make sure to catch all the locals picnicking in the North-West of the park. Enjoy a stroll around the late… and if you’ve got the time don’t miss London Zoo which forms part of the park. You can also take the lovely walk to the North of the park around Regent’s canal. It leads to Camden and all the way to East London – perfect for a long summer’s day!

  8. AlanStock
    AlanStock 41 Comments
     -  05 Jun 2017

    Excellent

    Decent, attractive and large park – classic English syle – that’s a good getaway from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets. There’s some nice mini-gardens within it and pedalos bumble around on the lake with the ducks and swans. Always lots of buskers and varied activities going on here. Worth a wander through but a better option is to cycle with one of the hire bikes or just chill out with a sandwich.

  9. natalie
    natalie 10 Comments
     -  20 Apr 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Beautiful, well maintained park which is not as crowded as Hyde Park. It has amazing Queen Mary’s Gardens with thousands of roses, best time to visit is in the begging of June. Great view to the city from Primrose Hill, popular place for a morning run as well. Nice walk to Camden along the canal. If you have time and the weather os good check out Regents park open air theatre, you can even drink your own wine while you are enjoying the play.

  10. alexg 10 Comments
     -  02 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    This is a beautiful park but it’s best explored on a sunny day. I actually cycled around it after shopping in Camden, and it’s provides a nice little break from the hectic nature of Camden High Street. London Zoo is based in the park too, but we didn’t have time to visit this time.

  11. jfriel
    jfriel 10 Comments
     -  13 Feb 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Tranquil location that offers a fascinating insight into londoners who vacate the park. There was a friendly and uplifting atmosphere that was highly contagious, I didn’t feel like a stranger at all.

  12. Celina Tolbert 17 Comments
     -  21 Jan 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    A great place to wander and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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