A gorgeous green oasis in the heart of London, Regent’s Park offers beautiful scenery and a wealth of exciting attractions and events.
- Hire a pedalo on the large boating lake; it’s fun for all the family and pedalos can be hired from March to October.
- Discover the fragrant rose gardens, which are among the finest in Europe.
- Explore the vast expanse of the historical park which is home to many species of birds and animals.
What to see and do
Regent’s Park is the biggest expanse of open grass in central London, so there is no shortage of things to see and do. Here are some ideas to get you started:
The oldest scientific zoo in the world, London Zoo is the perfect day out for anyone interested in animals and conservation. Located in the northern edge of Regent’s Park, the zoo is home to 673 species of animals, including penguins, snakes and giraffes.
Take a stroll up Primrose Hill, which is just north of Regent’s Park and allows wonderful views of the London skyline. This Grade II listed park is situated in one of the most fashionable parts of London and is a good place for spotting the rich and famous at leisure.
Gardens and Landscapes
There are many distinct gardens in Regent’s Park, each with its own character. Queen Mary’s Garden, for example, is home to London’s most extensive rose collection, while the Regent’s Park Allotment Garden provides a wealth of information about growing fruit and vegetables.
For over 200 years, Madame Tussauds has offered visitors the chance to get up close and personal with over 250 incredibly lifelike waxwork figures. It is situated on the southern edge of Regent’s Park, very near to the equally fascinating Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street.
There are five children’s playgrounds in Regent’s Park, which are veritable wonderlands of sandpits, timber climbing frames, seesaws and swings to challenge children of all ages. Take a picnic and enjoy watching your children have the time of their lives.
Did you know: (4 interesting facts!)
1. Regent’s Park was once known as Marylebone Park. It was given its current names after John Nash, the famous architect, transformed it in the Regency period of the early years of the nineteenth century. He was commissioned to design a park fit for a king, and we think he succeeded.
2. There is an abandoned canal in Regent’s Park once known as the Cumberland Basin. It was drained during WWII and filled in with rubble sourced from bombed houses during the Blitz.
3. Regent Street was named after the Prince Regent who acted as king during the last ten years of his father George III’s reign. He eventually ascended the throne as George IV in 1820.
4. There is a ‘secret’ garden near the centre of Regent’s Park. St. John’s Lodge Garden has an intimate, personal atmosphere that never fails to charm. Just don’t tell everyone!
1811 – Regent’s Park was established.
1835 – members of the public were granted access to certain areas of the park on designated days of the week.
January 1867 – 40 people died in a tragic ice-skating accident, which involved over 200 people. The lake was subsequently drained and refilled to a reduced depth of four feet.
The 1930s – The creation of Queen Mary’s Rose Garden was the most recent major change to the park.
The Second World War – Many of the wrought-iron railings that surrounded much of the Park were removed and melted for the war effort. They were replaced with chain-link fencing, much of which remains in place to this day.
Facilities and accessibility
Deckchairs can be hired from March to October.
Limited car parking is available.
There are many cafes and kiosks where you can buy refreshments in the park, such as ‘The Hub’, a large, circular cafe in the middle of Regent’s Park, with open-air seating serving hot and cold drinks and light snacks.
Toilets and changing facilities are available at several locations in the park. A map of the park and signposts indicate their location to visitors.
We recommend downloading the Music for Trees mobile app and listening to it on your visit. It provides a soothing and immersive musical landscape inspired by the trees of the park.