Chiltern Street living means easy access to Regent’s Park, an ideal choice for a relaxing walk, family picnic, sporting session or summer theatre trip. This magnificent park designed by John Nash is the largest single expanse of royal parkland in central London and covers 410 acres of land. It was once used as a hunting ground by King Henry VIII and now houses Queen Mary's Gardens, outdoor sports areas, a boating lake, open air theatre, the world-famous London Zoo and an array of eateries.
Queen Mary's Gardens
Named after the wife of King George V and open to the public from 1932, the rose garden is London's largest collection comprising approximately 12,000 planted roses of up to 400 varieties.
The Boating Lake
The boating lake is perfect for those who like messing about in boats. Hire a rowing boat or pedalos any time from 10am – 6pm from April through to September.
In addition to the fantastic restaurants and bars, gifts shops and fashion boutiques, the top of Primrose Hill has some of the most fantastic views of central London, Hampstead and Belsize Park. It also boasts many celebrity residents and is also well-known for its firework display which takes place on Guy Fawkes Night (November 5th) each year.
London Zoo opened in 1828 and is the world's oldest scientific zoo and contains around 800 different species of animals and over 19, 000 different and individual species.
Join in some of the events taking place daily such as meeting and feeding the animals in their enclosures, be a keeper for the day or join in photography workshops.
Regent’s Park boasts an incredible collection of waterfowl from around the world with more than 650 waterfowl and 90 species of swan, geese and ducks. The heronry situated by the boating lake is one of the closest to a city centre in the whole of Europe.
The vast collections of trees provide homes for a range of birds from the tawny owl, green woodpecker, kestrels, robins, and blackbirds in addition to the spectacular Peregrine Falcon. Wetland animals include the frog, toad, newt and various types of fish from carp to perch. Other mammals that can be seen in the park include the fox, hedgehog, grey squirrel and various species of bat.
‘The Hub’ is home to the largest outdoor sports facility in London where pitches can be hired to play cricket, softball or football or lacrosse. Pilates, yoga and power stretch classes are also available too.
The Open Air Theatre in the Inner Circle of the park is entirely unique as it is the only professional, outdoor theatre functioning in Britain. A variety of performances take place from May through to September each year. Productions range from traditional classics such as Lord of the Flies and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
With so much to see and do in Regent’s Park, there’s always the need for a refreshment break to replenish energy levels before starting again. Fortunately, the park is well equipped with an assortment of different resting spots to suit every taste.
The Espresso Bar
The Espresso Bar on the Broadwalk provides the perfect stop for a tea or coffee and a slice of homemade cake after a brisk stroll or run around the park.
The Garden Cafe
Situated in the Inner Circle of The Regent's Park, this café echoes a 1960s feel. Here you can sample a selection of hot breakfasts, lunch, tea, coffee and cakes. There are also future plans to install a wood fire oven that will provide freshly made thin crust pizzas to visitors, a must for a lazy summer lunch.
The Regent's Park Tennis Centre Cafe
The Regent's Park Tennis Centre (positioned near the York Bridge) offers snacks and juices for those requiring refreshments after a game of tennis. It’s also licensed for alcohol.
If you’re a meat lover and fancy a quick bite to eat inside or take away, look no further than the Smokehouse. Delight in BBQ joy with a meat medley including burgers, ribs, hot dogs or chicken wings. The Smokehouse also caters for vegetarians too.
The Boathouse Cafe
The Boathouse Café near the Boating Lake at Hanover Gate offers a family friendly set up. With a spacious eating area and an adventurous menu, it’s popular with families at the weekends.
The Hub Cafe
Immerse yourself in the heart of the park at The Hub Café where you can enjoy superb views of the park over a tea or coffee.
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