Regents Park

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Regents Park – what’s it all about?

Home to the London Zoo and many social events throughout the calendar, Regent’s Park is one of London’s leading royal parks. Designed by John Nash, the park is a secluded haven in the centre of London. The park is part of the Crown Estate and is home to some of London’s most beautiful stylish white stucco terraced homes and famously the John Nash villas

Fact file

Regent’s Park is 166 hectares, or 410.2 acres, in size. The outer circle is 4.3 kilometres long and the inner circle is 1.3 km. The inner circle also contains Queen Mary’s Gardens which has more than 30,000 roses of 400 different varieties.

In January 1867, at least 200 people fell into the freezing waters of the main lake when the ice broke. At least 40 people died as a result and park authorities drained the lake to a depth of four feet to ensure it could never happen again.

Architecture and property

The Regent’s Park Terraces are London’s finest example of scenic architecture. They define the space. John Nash designed a full elevation for the buildings enclosing Regent’s Park and was then involved with the detailed design of Cumberland Terrace, Chester Terrace, Cambridge Terrace, York Terrace, Sussex Place, Hanover Terrace and Kent Terrace home to some of the UK’s finest and most expensive homes.

What to do in Regent’s Park

Where to start?

Regent’s Park is amazingly diverse in terms of what it has to offer visitors, ranging from wide-open playing fields and wildflower grassland to more secluded woodland, wetland and reedbeds and don’t forget the numerous children’s playgrounds, rose garden, bird walks and famous pedalos.

The world famous zoo situated on the northern edge of the park, houses a collection of 755 species of animals, making it one of the largest collections in the UK is a must for any visitor or resident.

Don’t miss the Open Air Theatre with one of the largest auditoria in London and the oldest, professional, permanent outdoor theatre in Britain. It offers a range of theatre, music, comedy and film events each year from May to September.

There is a range of sporting activities ranging from informal sports and running to group activities such as exercise classes, rugby, football and softball on offer.


Regents Park is on the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City and Jubilee tube lines.

Bus travel is easy – there’s the number 18 from Euston, 205 from Queen Mary University, 74 from Queensgate and 88 from Embankment to name but a few.


The North Circular is a 35 minute drive away, and a number of other major motorways are in close reach, including the M1, M4, M11 and M25, as well as the A41.

Travel is easy from Regents Park, whether you’re heading north to Brent Cross shopping centre on the C11 or south into the heart of the city on the 46, 168 or 268.

There is bicycle sharing in Prince Albert Road – take a slow meander and it’s a half hour through the Park to the centre of town, or just 15 minutes via main roads.

To travel further afield, London City Airport is only 45 minutes away by Tube and DLR.


There is a very high concentration of private schools in Regents Park, Fancis Holland School , Northbridge Prep (2 years to 18 years) as well as Regents Park Community College.

Christ Church School

Redhill Street
Camden, London

Tel: 02073877881

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Netley Primary School & Centre for Autism

74 Stanhope Street

Tel: 02037720350

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Camden Primary Pupil Referral Unit

Robson House
, 74 Stanhope Street, London

Tel: 02037720370

Type: Pupil referral unit
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 5 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Capital City College Group

Regents Park Centre
Longford Street, London

Tel: 02077009333

Type: Further education
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 14 to 99 years
Gender: Mixed
London Business School

Sussex Place
Regent’s Park, London

Tel: 02072625050

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 7 to 13 years
Gender: Mixed
North Bridge House Prep School

1 Gloucester Avenue

Tel: 02072676266

Type: Higher education
Religious Character: None
Age range:
Gender: Mixed
Regents Park Children’s Centre

Augustus Street
Regents Park

Tel: 020-7974-8934

Type: Children’s centre
Royal Academy of Music

Marylebone Road

Tel: 02078737373

Type: Higher education
Gender: Mixed
The Cavendish School

31 Inverness Street

Tel: 02074851958

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Girls