Regent’s Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Regent’s Park information

Location
London , England
Getting there
Tube: Regent's Park, Baker St
More information
www.royalparks.org.uk
Opening hours
5am-dusk
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The most elaborate and ordered of London’s many parks, this one was created around 1820 by John Nash, who planned to use it as an estate to build palaces for the aristocracy. Although the plan never quite came off, you can get some idea of what Nash might have achieved from the buildings along the Outer Circle.

Like many of the city’s parks, this one was used as a royal hunting ground and then as farmland, before becoming a place for fun and leisure during the 18th century. These days it’s a well-organised but relaxed haven in the heart of the city. Among its many attractions are the London Zoo, Regent’s Canal along its northern side, an ornamental lake, an open-air theatre in Queen Mary’s Gardens where Shakespeare is performed during the summer months, ponds and colourful flowerbeds, rose gardens that look spectacular in June, and sports pitches where Londoners regularly meet to play football, rugby and volleyball.