The beautiful, expansive greenery of Regent’s Park is one of London’s finest assets. Residents of Regent’s Park can enjoy the benefits this vast, well maintained, on-your-doorstep park affords. Covering an area of 395 acres, this Royal Park features Queen Mary’s Gardens with more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties. With excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres it includes the largest outdoor sports area in central London.
The properties surrounding the park are among the most stunning and luxurious in the capital. Currently both the Sultan of Brunei and the US Ambassador own property here.
Bordering the vibrant and affluent areas of Marylebone, Camden and Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park has historically been one of the most sought-after corners of London. Like most of the great parks in London, the land was originally part of Henry VIII’s vast swathe of hunting grounds. After hunting fell out of favour with the aristocracy the land was used for farming until 1811, when King George IV considered using the land for a new summer palace.
The palace was planned but never built after he turned his attentions to improving Buckingham Palace instead, but plans for the creation of the park continued under designer John Nash. Regent’s Park is now considered to be a perfect example of Georgian landscape design and planning, and is often referred to as the ‘jewel in the crown’.
Architecture in Regent’s Park
As one would expect from the Regency history and development of Regent’s Park under King George IV, the properties on the surrounding terraces of the Outer Circle are large, imposing Regency-style Georgian terraced houses with views over the park. Known colloquially as the Grand Nash Terraces, after John Nash, they are some of the finest examples of prime Regency architecture in London.
What makes Regent’s Park so special?
The Regent’s Park area is perhaps the most regal, refined and elegant in London, attracting international royals, such as the Sultan of Brunei, to its grand, sweeping terraces. The amenities of Marylebone, Camden, Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood are in close proximity, yet the properties here enjoy the peace and seclusion of being on the edge of parkland and protected green space..
Regent’s Park property types
The streets bordering Regent’s Park are famous for providing beautiful Grand Nash terrace properties, named after Georgian architect John Nash. The largest and most prestigious properties can be found York Terrace, Chester Terrace, Hanover Terrace, Cambridge Gate and Gloucester Gate.
Schools near Regents Park:
Dominating the space between Camden, Marylebone, Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood, Regent’s Park is perfectly positioned for accessing the best independent schools in North West and Central London, including Francis Holland School, Devon House Preparatory, St Christina’s School, while alternative curriculums are available at the American School and the Maria Montessori School.
Things to do:
While residents of a Regent’s Park property can enjoy easy access to the rest of London, Regent’s Park offers a wealth of cultural attractions, museums, and excellent restaurants in its own right. The park itself is one of London’s most attractive green spaces and is home to an open air theatre, the famous London Zoo, and the country’s largest, free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird. Nearby museums and galleries include the Wallace Collection, the Royal Academy of Music, the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Jewish Museum and the unusual Sherlock Holmes Museum.
Among the award-winning restaurants in the Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill area, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Lemonia and Michael Nadra are particularly renowned by local diners.
Shopping in Regent’s Park
Some of the best designer boutiques surrounding Regent’s Park can be found in Primrose Hill to the north, and Marylebone to the south. Regent’s Park Road in Primrose Hill is filled with independent shops, delicatessens and ‘one of a kind’ fashion boutiques – Studio 8 and Anna, children’s clothing store Elias and Grace, delicatessen Graham & Green and fantastic local bookshop, Primrose Hill Books.
Marylebone’s Moxon Street has become a foodie paradise; a gourmet food destination due to the number of specialist food stores such as The Ginger Pig and La Fromagerie, while other notable shops in the area include the Conran Shop, Diptyque, Sandro and largest branch of Daunt Books in London.