Regent's Park

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The Avenue Gardens © The Royal Parks
Roses in Queen Mary's Garden © Anne Marie Briscombe
© Greywolf, The Royal Parks
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© Greywolf, The Royal Parks
© Greywolf, The Royal Parks
© Phil Russell
Triton Fountain © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
Open Air Theatre © Alastair Muir
Open Air Theatre © David Jensen
Regent's Park

Regent's Park is one of London's most popular open spaces, covering 410 acres in north-west London. Originally a hunting ground for Henry VIII, it remained a royals-only retreat long after it was formally designed by John Nash in 1811; only in 1845 did it open to the public as a spectacular shared space. Attractions run from the animal odours and noises of London Zoo to the enchanting Open Air Theatre. Various food and music festivals pitch up here over the summer and rowing boat hire, bandstands, beautiful rose gardens (with some 30,000 roses and 400 varieties), tennis courts, ice-cream stands and eateries (including the delightful Garden Café) complete the picture. Regent’s Park has several playgrounds, but the most interesting is at Hanover Gate where, in 2010, a timber treehouse area for older kids was built within a large sandpit next to the boating lake and existing playground.

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Venue name: Regent's Park
Address: Chester Rd
Opening hours: Daily 5am-dusk
Transport: Tube: Regent's Park
Price: Free

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  • Sunday August 9 2015
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Having recently visited Regents Park after over 10 years since my last visit, it was a breath of fresh air in a busy city. Crossing the lake while watching a heron relax in the mid-day sun, felt like I was a million miles away from the sweaty tube station on baker street. Visited the open air theatre for an afternoon of laughter watching the dinosaur zoo show .. an experience which is a must whilst they are there ! A great day out, a park you can while away the whole day in - highly recommended.

Anna D
Staff Writer

What a great refuge from the crazy busy streets. Although the park tends to be full of people on a sunny summer day (which park in London isn't?), it's still so vast that everyone fits in and finds place to rest, drink with friends, play frisbee and other games. There're quite a few pubs and cafes in the park but they are pricy and their quality isn't great. It's definitely better to stock up before coming to the park or stay close to the souther part (where the rose gardens are) as there're a few shops open late at night or even 24/7 close to the Regent's Park tube.

Martin C

You can go for the zoo, the open-air theatre, the playgrounds, the nice outdoor caff, but the jewel of what must be central London's most beautiful park has to be the rose garden – the prettiest, headiest, most photogenic, uplifting, 'why haven't I been coming here for years?' floral experience to be had all summer. And it's free.