The handsome border dividing the hoi polloi of Soho from the Gucci-two-shoed of Mayfair, Regent St was designed by John Nash as a ceremonial route linking the Prince Regent’s long-demolished city dwelling with the ‘wilds’ of Regent’s Park. Nash had to downscale his plan but Regent St is today a well-subscribed shopping street and a beautiful curve of listed architecture.
Its most famous tenant is undoubtedly Hamleys, London’s premier toy and game store. Regent St is also famous for its Christmas light displays, which get glowing with great pomp earlier and earlier (or so it seems) each year (usually around mid-November). The street is closed to traffic for one day a year during the Regent Street Festival.