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Regent's Park Area Guide

The Regent’s Park, as it is officially known, is one of the Royal Parks of London.

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Introduction to Regent's Park Area

Once part of the ancient Forest of Middlesex, Henry VIII’s mid-16th century hunting ground, it wasn’t until 1812 when the then Prince Regent engaged the royal, and now renowned, architect John Nash to develop the area for the ‘wealthy and good’, that it began to be transformed into the Regent’s Park we know today.

Revolutionary at the time, Nash’s plans for the 166-hectare park included grand villas, terraces, modest dwellings, a new canal and even a market that would sell produce and essentials. Sadly, Nash’s complete vision was never fully realised, but what was created is magnificent and includes stunning gardens, such as Queen Mary’s Gardens, which opened in 1932 and features London's largest collection of roses, estimated to be around 12,000 flowers. The park is also home to a variety of institutions and attractions, such as the ZSL London Zoo. It was seen at its finest when Regent’s Park played host to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

If you’re looking for property to buy or rent in Regent’s Park, you will witness first hand Nash’s famed architectural prowess, as a beautiful mix of Georgian facades, Victorian houses and Edwardian cottages decorate the streets, but, unlike many period homes in London, many in this area have not been converted into flats.

Famous residents

No. 13 Hanover Terrace was the home of the famous writer and creator of ‘War Of The Worlds’, H. G Wells during World War II, during which he painted a large number 13 to show what he thought about superstition. He died here aged 79 on 13 August 1946. Hanover Terrace, with its grand John Nash terraces, has proven very popular with renowned artists over the years, including the horror novelist Wilkie Collins, who lived at No. 17. Ralph Vaughan Williams, the great English composer, best known for ‘The Lark Ascending’, also lived in the area, as did Joseph Haydn in 1791, when he moved to Lisson Grove seeking peace and quiet whilst he was composing. Regent’s Park is also home to a number of celebrities, such as the Beckhams, Liam Gallagher and Kate Moss.

Family friendly living

You will discover a wealth of activities and wildlife for you and your family to enjoy, from the lake with its heronry, waterfowl, and boating lake, to over 40 sports pitches, children’s playgrounds and a wealth of memorials, fountains and statues. At the heart of Regent’s Park is the ZSL London Zoo, with over 16,000 animals to discover at the Tiger Territory, Penguin Beach and the petting zoo, there is something for the young and old to explore.

Close by you will run into a wealth of celebrities and movie heroes - yes, they may be made of wax, but with with 14 interactive zones Madame Tussauds is perfect for a rainy day. Feed your children’s desire for learning at one of the number of museums on the doorstep including the British Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology.

West London boutiques

The day breaks and you decide to take a morning stroll through the picturesque green space of Regent’s Park. After enjoying tapas at the Queen’s Head you need to decide whether you want to head to Primrose Hill to visit the array of independent shops and stylish boutiques, as you love browsing the fascinating stores, and popping into Primrose Hill Books to get lost in the shelves of second hand tomes. Or, is an afternoon of relaxation on the cards? Luxurious five-star hotel, The Landmark Spa and Health Club, offers a wonderful selection of day spa packages and treatments that could be just what you need after a busy week.

As evening approaches you decide to enjoy an early dinner at the Orrery Restaurant, as you’ve heard their food and service is exceptional, before you head over to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The theatre has a wonderful programme of four annual productions running from May to September each year, watched by over 140,000 people. As you sit down to watch a performance of Henry V in the intimate auditorium, with a glass of Pimms in your hand, you look around at the fairy lights twinkling in the trees against the evening sky, and soak up the intoxicating atmosphere that surrounds you, feeling blessed to live in such an incredible area as Regent’s Park.

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Francis Holland School
Ivor Place
London
NW1 6XR
020 7723 0176

Christ Church Primary School  
Regent's Park
Redhill Street
London
NW1 4BD
020 7387 7881

St Edwards R C Primary School 
Lisson Grove
London
NW1 6LH
 
Primrose Hill Primary School  
Princess Road
London
NW1 8JL
020 7722 8500

Netley Primary School
Netley Campus
74 Stanhope Street
London
NW1 3EX
020 3772 0350

St Marylebone C of E School
64 Marylebone High Street
London
W1U 5BA
020 7935 4704

Regent High School  
Chalton Street
London
NW1 1RX
020 7387 0739

Quintin Kynaston  
Marlborough Hill
London
NW8 0NL
020 7722 8141
Queen's College  
43-49 Harley Street
London
W1G 8BT
020 7291 7000

Nursery schools

Bright Horizons Regent’s Park Day Nursery and Preschool  
15 Gloucester Gate,
London
NW1 4HG
020 3780 3022

St Mark’s Square Nursery School  
St Mark’s Church
St Mark's Square
London
NW1 7TN
020 7586 8383

Regent’s Park Children's Centre  
Augustus Street
London
NW1 3TJ
020 7974 8934

Christ Church Primary School  
Regent's Park
Redhill Street
London
NW1 4BD
020 7387 7881

Trains: London Marylebone Rail Station and London Euston are both a short walk away, should you be looking to travel to other areas of the UK, such as Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Underground: Regent’s Park (Bakerloo) Baker Street (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Hammersmith, District and Circle Lines), Great Portland Street (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines).

Buses: Marylebone is served by buses 18, 27, 30, 205, 453 and night routes  N18 and N205.

Regent’s Park
Hyde Park
St James’ Park
Green Park

Regent’s Park Practice
Cumberland Market
London
NW1 3RH
http://www.regentsparkpractice.co.uk/
020 7388 4474

Primrose Hill Surgery
99 Regent's Park Road
London
NW1 8UR
http://www.primrosehillsurgery.co.uk/
020 7722 0038

Regent’s Park Clinic
121 Harley Street
London
W1G 6AX
http://www.doctorcall.co.uk/
0844 257 0660
IPSA Medical Clinic 
  7 Harben Parade
Finchley Roadd
Hampstead
Regent's Park
NW3 6JP
https://ipsamedical.org/
020 7449 9490

The Princess Grace Hospital
42-52 Nottingham Place
London
W1U 5NY
http://www.theprincessgracehospital.co.uk/
020 7486 1234

King Edward VII's Hospital
5-10 Beaumont Street
Marylebone
London W1G 6AA
kingedwardvii.co.uk
020 7486 4411

University College Hospital
16-18 Westmoreland Street
Marylebone
London W1G 8PH
uclh.nhs.uk
020 3456 7890

The Islamic Cultural Centre and The London Central Mosque
146 Park Road
London
NW8 7RG
020 7724 3363

St Marks’ Church
St Mark's Square
Prince Albert Road
London
NW1 7TN
020 7586 1694

St Cyprian's Clarence Gate
Glentworth Street
London
NW1
020 7258 0724

Liberal Jewish Synagogue
  28 St. John's Wood Road
London
NW8 7HA
020 7286 5181

St James's Roman Catholic Church 
  Spanish Place
22 George Street
London
W1U 3QY
020 7935 0943

All Saints Greek Orthodox Church
Camden Street
London
NW1 0JA
020 7485 2149

Central Synagogue (Orthodox)
36 Hallam Street
London W1W 6NW
020 7580 1355
administrator@centralsynagogue.org.uk

The Old Marylebone Town Hall
Westminster Council House
97-113 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5PT
020 7641 6000

Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP
020 7641 6000

Kentish Town Fire Station  
20 Highgate Road
London NW5 1NT
020 8555 1200

Paddington Fire Station 
156 Harrow Road
London W2 6NL
Marylebone Police Station  
1-9 Seymour St, London W1H 7BA
020 8721 2460

The Co-Operative Food
18-, 22 Park Square East
London
NW1 4SA
020 7723 5284

Whole Foods Market 
49 Parkway
London
NW1 7PN
020 7428 7575

Waitrose Marylebone
98 – 101 Marylebone High Street
London W1U 4SD
waitrose.com
020 7935 4787

Sainsbury's Local
202 Great Portland Street
Fitzrovia
London W1W 5QQ
sainsburys.co.uk
020 7636 8684

Tesco Express 
  11- 15 Melcombe Street
London
NW1 6AE
0345 026 9893

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