Regent's Park

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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
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Address: Chester Rd
London
NW1 4NR
Opening hours: Daily 5am-dusk
Transport: Tube: Regent's Park
Price: Free
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HELEN DAWDRY
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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.

Tom Bruce
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This most regal of parks is accessible from a number of locations in North and West London - its 4.5km loop has entry points by Camden/Primrose Hill, Swiss Cottage/St John's Wood, Baker Street/Marleybone, and Great Portland Street/Euston stations. Around the outer ring, which also cuts through the middle of London Zoo, cyclists and runners whip around completing lap after lap. The inner ring contains tennis courts and holds the Regent's University buildings.


Great promenades stretch along the public walking areas, and many flower beds and gardens are dotted around. A boating lake is another major attraction - it is great fun to piddle around in a pedalo for a few hours and head to the excellent cafe afterwards. 


When the weather is nice which... actually, when is the weather nice in London? Has it ever been nice? Coming up to the end of January, it seems as though the answer is: No, never. However, when it is nice and sunny out, city workers flock to Regent's Park in their hundreds, and it is a decidedly calm, picturesque space to spend an extended lunch hour eating hummus and sipping on cans of premium European lager beer. 

Sarah J
tastemaker

Regent's park is just lovely on a Sunday. I'm more used to running through it on early mornings where it appears to be a haven for dog-walkers and runners. On a Sunday, there are a lot more families and children and it has so much more to offer than other Royal parks. With an open air theatre, the boathouse cafe, the zoo, the boating lake - there's lot to do inside. When walking around the outer circle it's easy to forget you're so close to Oxford Street, and the busy hustle and bustle of Soho and surrounding central London.


Accessible from so many tube stations - the vast green space is also in walking distance to Primrose Hill, with unparalleled views of London.

Adriana R

For running, cycling, walking, taking a peek at some animals that happen to be inside the zoo! Beautiful park, full of life and wonder.

Louise H
Tastemaker

There is nothing lovelier than Regent's Park on a sunny day. The flowers are magnificent, and it's a lovely peaceful oasis amidst the chaos of urban life. Definitely make time for the pedalos- much merriment ensued when i almost fell in!

Milly P

Walk through this park to work every day and get a nice free art show in October with the sculptures. Grew up here; road my first bike here, made my first snowman here. Love it!

DC
Staff Writer

Nice Park with such a variety of things to do. Whether your playing cricket, visiting the zoo or taking the kids to the play area, this Park gives you a lot of options.

NakedPRGirl Claire
Tastemaker

I could talk for days on how much I love Regents Park, and in fact I think of myself as quite the expert. Regents Park tube is the obvious starting point but it's so huge you can just as easily come into it from the north along the canal from Little Venice and St Johns Wood, or Camden if you're going the other way. There's the sweetest little rose garden (St Mary's) in the middle where there's also a super cafe and the open air theatre. On a sunny day, just go there and take a book. If you have friends or family in tow, there's sports fields, play areas and the lake where you can take little boats on. Of course there's always Regents Park zoo at the very north of the park. For the adventurous, you're so close to Primrose Hill, maybe sneak there for an afternoon visit and enjoy the breathtaking view of the London skyline.

Anna
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
Staff Writer

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.