Nearest Tube: Regent's Park
As with most of London's parks, Regent's Park started life as a royal hunting ground for Henry VIII (1509-47). Then in the early 19th century the Prince Regent, later George IV (1820-30), commissioned John Nash to design the park, hence the name.
The park is a great opportunity to see some of Nash's architectural genius, as many of the buildings he designed, for example those that lined Regent Street, no longer survive. Some of Nash's buildings that you can admire in the park are the elegant terraces on the eastern side of the park and Chester Terrace in the south.
Situated in the exclusive Marylebone district, Regent's Park is one of London's most "civilised" parks, with boating, tennis, a bandstand and even an open-air theatre that dates back to 1932. The Queen Mary Rose Garden near the lake is a particularly picturesque part of the park. And there is also a café available for refreshments.
London's Central Islamic Centre and Mosque is situated on the eastern side of the park, whilst London Zoo is in the northern part. To the north of the park is Primrose Hill where you can get spectacular views of the city.
The park is open daily from 5am until ½ hour before dusk.
Nearby are Regent Street, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussaud's and the Planetarium.
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