Regent’s Park is about a 7-minute walk from Camden Town Station, and it one of London’s largest and most beautiful parks. There’s a lot more to it than first meets the eye…
As you exit from Camden Town station, walk down Parkway (you’ll see the Jazz Café on your left) and walk to the end. You’ll now be at the entrance on the Outer Circle. Large open space will great you, and on a beautiful summer day it’s one of the best places in London for a picnic.
The London Zoo is a few minutes walk to the right, but you don’t need to go there to experience the park. You can leave that for later.
The Hylas and the Nymph statue, just north-east of the Inner Circle in the St. John’s Lodge Garden, is a Grade II listed statue made of bronze of a boy and a mermaid on a stone pedestal. Dating way back, this statue was donated by the Royal Academy of arts in 1933.
Towards the left there’s the famous Ready Money Drinking Fountain. The Ready Money Drinking Fountain is a granite and marble gothic drinking fountain with four sides that gets its uncommon name from Sir Cowasjee Jehangir, who was also known as Ready Money. “Ready Money” was a wealthy Parsee industrialist from Bombay, India, who donated it to in 1869 as a thank you for the protection that he and fellow Parsees received from British rule in India. The sculpture contains 10 tonnes of Sicilian marble and four tonnes of red Aberdeen granite.
As you walk you will notice the vast tree-lined paths, a relaxing walk for tourists to embrace the nature that Regent’s Park offers, or a flat training ground for joggers. The cricket pitches and sports area knowns as The Hub are full of activity, particularly on weekends.
We recommend heading to the Inner Circle, towards the centre of Regent’s Park, to see it’s true magnificence. Towards the north of the Inner Circle, look out for the Triton Fountain, a group of bronze sculptures that shows a sea god blowing on a conch shell with mermaids at his feet, surrounded by a pool. Interestingly, the sculptures were designed by Willian McMillan who also designed one of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
Right in the centre of Regent’s Park the Queen Mary’s Garden is set to impress. With over 12,000 roses it’s London’s largest collection of roses, including some of the most rare varieties. Got all gardeners there’s much more too, like over 9,000 begonias. If you know nothing about plants it doesn’t matter; just look and enjoy the sights and smells. Bring a picnic or a drink and sit on one of the many benches.
The classic Boy and Frog statue, also in the Inner Circle, can be found in the Queen Mary’s Garden. It’s a Grade II listed statue and was donated by local artist Sigismund Goetze, which was designed by Sir William Reid Dick in 1936.
One of the must-see sights of Regent’s Park is the Jubilee Gates, located at the south side of the Inner Circle. Installed in 1935, they marked the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The gates are now also Grade II listed, and also donated by Sigismund Goetze.
The bandstand in Regent’s Park was established in the 1970’s, and still occasionally hosts musical performances.
During summer, why not hire a pedalo to go on the Boating Lake? If not, just sit by the water under the trees to soak up the atmosphere.
Back Towards the Camden Town side of Regent’s Park the impressive Griffin Tazza is situated. Also known as the Lion Vase, it was first placed in the park in 1863, and later restored. Four lions holding a stone bowl in true style.
The Open Air Theatre is the oldest outdoor theatre in Britain. It’s open during the summer months and puts on shows, theatre, comedy, music and film events.
Lastly, with all the walking and sightseeing, there are a good selection of cafes and restaurants within the park, all of which are child friendly.
Regent’s Park is open every day of the year.