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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.