Visit Regents Park, another of London’s royal parks

In North London we can find another of London’s royal parks, which is also one of the best known and loved by Londoners, Regent’s Park.

In one of the favorite places to relax in the city and to practice sports. And increasingly visited by tourists who come to London.

Its canal for rowing and its spectacular zoo are two of the main attractions of Regent’s Park.

History of Regent’s Park

London - Regents Park 2Regent’s Park has not always belonged to the city of London since in the Middle Ages it belonged to a small town called Tyburn.

However, King Henry VIII appropriated it and it became part of the Crown to this day. Part of it was used as a hunting ground while the other part was used as a recreation area.

It was the Prince Regent, who later became George IV, who commissioned John Nash to remodel it in 1811, converting the area into the beautiful park that we can see today.

In the park there was a sad event like the sinking of the skating rink in 1867 in which 40 people died and after which the depth of the pond was reduced.

What to see and do in Regent’s Park

London - Regents ParkCovering an area of ​​166 hectares, Regent’s Park is home to all kinds of activities.

It is formed by a ring road that surrounds it and from which you can see the different palaces and buildings that John Nash designed.

At first he wanted there to be palaces and houses throughout the park but they were eventually built on the outside.

Regent's ParkInside Regent’s Park we have another of the places that children like the most and that many want to visit, the Zoological Park, which was built in 1828 and which makes it the oldest Zoo in the world.

In addition, it is also possible to visit lakes and gardens, among which Queen’s Mary Gardens stand out, the most famous and well-cared for in the park and which you should not miss.

Of these gardens you should not miss admiring the source of the lake.

If you want to practice sports you are also in luck because in this park you will always find people practicing football, tennis, hockey, rowing or simply running. It is one of the few places where you can practice rowing thanks to its 9-hectare canal.

In the park there is also a large Mosque and the Embassy of the United States.

Practical information for visiting Regent’s Park

  • How to get
    • Underground, Regent’s Park, Great Portland Street, St John’s Wood, Camden Town and Baker Street stations.
    • Buses, lines 2, 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274, 453 and C2.
  • Schedules
    • 5 a.m. – midnight.
  • If you want to find more information you can visit the official page of Regent’s Park.

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