Once reserved exclusively for England’s royals, this 410-acre (166-hectare) park is now public, and one of London’s prettiest patches of green. As well as a boating lake, sports facilities, a rose garden, fountains, statues, and several playgrounds, Regent’s Park is also home to the 20,000 or so creatures of the London Zoo.
London’s royal parks are among the city’s most-loved green spaces, and Regent’s Park is no exception. Most visitors come for a stroll or to take a break from sightseeing and shopping—it’s a popular picnic and sunbathing spot. You can also rent rowboats, explore the ZSL London Zoo, and stroll around the perimeter to see the neoclassical terraced mansions built by John Nash, an influential 18th-century architect who also worked on Buckingham Palace. The park is a stop on many hop-on hop-off bus tours of London.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Regent’s Park is a great place to take a time-out from sightseeing.
- Most of the park’s pathways are paved and wheelchair-accessible. Information boards at entrance points list the most accessible routes in the park.
- Find several restaurants, cafés, and food and drink kiosks (summer months only) situated around the park.
- Deck chairs are available to rent between March and October.
How to Get There
The nearest tube stations are Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines), and Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, and Metropolitan lines), all of which are less than 10 minutes from the park on foot.
When to Get There
The park is at its liveliest in summer, when events such as open-air theater performances take place and the roses of Queen Mary’s Garden are in bloom. Go early in the morning to see the park at its most peaceful, or ascend to the summit of Primrose Hill (on the north side of the park) at sunset to witness the silhouette of the central London skyline against a dusty golden horizon.
Events at Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park is home to many special events, including food festivals, art fairs, and special days devoted to historical topics, such as the park’s role in World War I. From May through September, the park’s open-air theater hosts drama, comedy, and music performances, as well as outdoor film screenings.