ABOUT REGENT’S PARK
Regent’s Park is one of the most significant Royal Parks of London. It’s located in the north western part of Central London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden.
HISTORY OF REGENT’S PARK
Like most of the other Royal Parks in London, Regent’s Park formed part of the vast chase appropriated by Henry VIII. Marylebone Park, as it was previously known, remained a royal chase until 1646. The Prince Regent commissioned friend and architect to the crown John Nash to develop and design most of Regent’s Park in 1811. Other architects such as Decimus Burton were also involved at the later stages. Nash designed a vast rounded park, surrounded by palatial terraces, a lake, a canal, and 56 planned villas, of which only 8 were ever built.
Regent’s Park became the home of the Zoological Society and the Royal Botanic Society, and it was only during the reign of King William IV in 1835, that the general public were allowed into the sections of the Park and this was only for two days of the week. The 1930s saw the development of the Queen Mary’s Gardens and only two villas, St John’s Lodge and The Holme, remain from Nash’s original conception of the park. The park is circumscribed with two circles: The Outer Circle and the Inner Circle. The Inner Circle is in the centre of the park around Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens and the Triton Fountain. The Outer Circle runs the perimeter of the park.
PROPERTY IN REGENT’S PARK
The famous Regency terraces are among the world’s most desired properties to buy today.
Clockwise from the north the terraces are: Gloucester Gate, Cumberland Terrace, Chester Terrace, Cambridge Terrace, York Terrace, Cornwall Terrace, Clarence Terrace, Sussex Place, Hanover Terrace, and Kent Terrace. Also worth noting is Cambridge Gate added in 1876-1880 on the east side. Immediately south of the park are Park Square and Park Crescent (south of Marylebone Road), also designed by Nash. In addition to the terraces, nine stucco villas were built in the park, mainly on the north, west and east sides. For buyers looking to buy property in the park today, the terraces are a combination of houses and apartments looking directly into the 482 acres of communal gardens, offering super prime living.
These are among the most sought after properties in London, attracting buyers from Russia, Middle Eastern royalty as well as the ‘old school’ English. Property here became very popular in part due to the result of leasehold reform which means you can buy property on a long lease in contrast to 60 years previously.
LIVING IN REGENT’S PARK
Regent’s Park is home to over 12,000 animals in London Zoo on the north side, which is a great family day out. The Open Air Theatre sits at the centre next to the Queen Mary’s Gardens. For the more active, there is a boating lake as well as the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground to the west in St John’s Wood. Regent’s Canal runs through the North end of Regent’s Park, connecting the Grand Union Canal to the London Docklands. The park is also home for the London Central Mosque whose gold domes add an eastern flavour to the park.
SCHOOLS IN REGENT’S PARK
London Business School sits on the eastern side of the park, as well as Regent’s University London.