Regent’s Park is an important park in London that is home to Regent’s University, London and the London Zoo.
It is one of the Royal Parks and is situated within north-west London, being partly located in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden.
It is Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. It contains Queen Mary’s Gardens, which is the most carefully maintained part of the park and which is surrounded by an inner ring road called the Inner Circle and an outer ring road called the Outer Circle.
The park is reserved for pedestrians except for the two link roads between the circle roads. The park is distinguished by elegant white-stucco terraces of houses designed by John Nash, that line the south, east and most of the west-side of the park. The Regent’s Canal runs through the northern end of the park, connecting the Grand Union Canal to the former London Docks.
Things to See at Regent's Park
The various attractions near the park include the breathtaking facades of Park Crescent, created by John Nash that have been preserved till now although the interiors were rebuilt as offices in the 1960's; the Camden Green Fair that is held in the park in order to spread awareness and encouragement among London’s citizens to go green; and a fountain that was erected on the Broadwalk between Chester Road and the Outer Circle.
The other sights and attractions near Regent’s Park include The Knapp Gallery and Royal College of Physicians Library.
The park also includes the animal odors and noises of London Zoo and the enchanting Open Air Theatre.
During the summer months, there is a lot of activity here such as food and music festivals, hire of rowing boats, bandstands, spectacular rose gardens exhibiting nearly 30,000 roses of 400 varieties, tennis courts, ice-cream stands and different eateries such as the Garden Cafe.
Several playgrounds are also available at the park with the most interesting being the one at Hanover Gate where a timber tree house was built in 2010, meant for older kids and with a large sandpit next to the boating lake and the existing playground.
The other attractions include the gardens of St John’s Lodge, Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom that stands in private grounds in the western section of the park and the domed London Central Mosque, better known as Regent's Park mosque, a highly visible landmark.
Regent’s University London is located to the south of the Inner Circle. It is home to the European Business School London, Regent’s American College London (RACL) and Webster Graduate School among others. Primrose Hill is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park. Having a height of 256 feet it offers a clear view of central London to the south-east, and on the north, you will find Belsize Park and Hampstead.
The nearest tube stations to the park are Regent’s Park, Baker Street, Great Portland Street and Warren Street Station. The nearest railway stations are Camden Road and Marylebone.
At Regent’s Park, visitors can indulge in several activities including visiting the ZSL London Zoo which is a big hit with kids. Both adults and kids can spend several hours at the zoo trying to get close to the animals in the zoo, which has a mix of indoor and outdoor areas. It is easy to move around in the zoo because it is compact, making it easy to see everything.
Boating at Regent’s Park Lake
The park includes gardens, a lake with a heronry, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches and children’s playgrounds. Visitors love to do boating or using a pedalo at the lake from April until September. There are two lakes including a larger lake for adults and families and a smaller one for kids. The fun of enjoying a summer day is escalated when you spot some of the water birds that stay at the lake.
Open Air Theatre
If you wish to see a play, it is best to see a production at an open air theatre as you relax in a picnic mode while having drinks with friends and family and enjoying fresh air and an exciting and electrifying environment. An award-winning, open-air theater is present at Regent’s Park, offering over 1200 seats and a regularly changing program. The venue also offers food and drink that can also be consumed on terraces illuminated by fairy lights that give a magical ambience.
Walking Around the Gardens
You can enjoy a gentle stroll around the garden while enjoying the sight of the magnificent grounds. You will find a Victorian charm with ornamental bowls full of flowers and fountains and clusters of flowers at the Avenue Gardens. At the Queen Mary’s Gardens, you can see over 12,000 roses of 85 different varieties.
Options for Physical Exercise
At the Hub in Regent’s Park, you will find one of the biggest outdoor sports facilities in London that include sports pitches that are available for group hire. Exercise classes are also offered such as Yoga or Pilates. You can also hire deck chairs for an hour or for a day and relax on them enjoying the beautiful scenery and watching the world go by.