Regent's Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. It is in the north of the City of Westminster and spills east into the London Borough of Camden.


Regent's Park

The area contains Primrose Hill with a great view of Westminster and the City. The public space at the centre is mainly open parkland which supports a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake with a heronry and waterfowl, sports pitches, enclosed children's playgrounds and in the summer has an Open Air Theatre. It also contains Queen Mary's Gardens.

The north-east end of the park contains London Zoo. Running through the zoo and around the north end of the park is Regent's Canal which joins the Grand Union Canal to the west.

History

Architect John Nash was commissioned by the Prince Regent (later King George IV) in 1811 to develop an area then known as Marylebone Park. With the Regent's backing, Nash created a master plan for the area, put into action from 1818 onwards, which stretched from St Jamesís northwards and included Regent Street, the Park and its neighbouring streets, terraces and crescents of elegant town houses and villas. Nash did not complete all the detailed designs himself; in some instances, completion was left in the hands of other architects such as the young Decimus Burton.

Transport

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There are also Regent's Parks in a number of other cities, see Regent's Park (Toronto).