London isn’t short of green spaces, with some of the most beautiful parks that you can visit completely free and spend a lazy afternoon or a fun day with the family. It’s easy to take them for granted. After all, they do just lie there yet most offer far more than just a chance to sunbathe, cricket pitches, swimming spots and even deer.
Regent’s Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 395 acres. It is named after Prince Regent, sometimes known as the playboy prince, who later became King George IV.
The park lies partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden. Today, it has dozens of attractions that bring in a steady stream of visitors from London and beyond. A lovely day out and costs nothing.
The park has an outer ring road called the Outer Circle (4.45 km) and an inner ring road called the Inner Circle (1 km), which surrounds the most carefully tended section of the park, Queen Mary’s Gardens. Apart from two link roads between these two, the park is reserved for pedestrians. Running through the northern end of the park is Regent’s Canal, which connects the Grand Union Canal to London’s historic docks.
There are a few cafes within the park that you can visit but the one which I really admire is the Garden Café near the Queen Mary’s Garden.
Some of the main parts of this park that you would want to cover are :
Primrose Hill A grassy hill topped by a viewpoint, Primrose Hill has a character all of its own – it is separated from Regent’s Park by Prince Albert Road and the ZSL London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo Situated on the northern edge of The Regent’s Park, London Zoo houses a collection of 755 species of animals, making it one of the largest collections in the UK.
The Avenue Gardens These Victorian style gardens are located at the end of the Broad walk near Chester Gate and include the Bog Garden, English Gardens and Lion Vase.
Queen Mary’s Gardens Queen Mary’s Garden is a world-famous garden named after the wife of King George V. The rose garden is London’s largest collection of roses with approximately 12,000 roses.
Open Air Theatre With one of the largest auditoria in London, the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park is the oldest, professional, permanent outdoor theatre in Britain. It offers a range of theatre, music, comedy and film events each year from May to September.
Regent’s Park Allotment Garden A food garden that features a wide range of fruits and vegetables and information on growing techniques. The garden is located at the corner of Chester Road and The Inner Circle.
Getting there The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are highly accessible by public transport. There are car parking facilities available but would recommend public transport due to the limited spaces and the best way to discover London is by foot. you are using a mobile device, the postcode for the park is NW1 4NR, but note this is for guidance only as the park covers a large area.
The Tube stations closest to Regent’s Park are:
· Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line)
· Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle & Metropolitan lines)
· Baker Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan & Bakerloo lines)
· St John’s Wood (Jubilee line)
· Camden Town (Northern line)