Regents park area guide

Regent’s Park may be the world’s first garden city, with its informal landscaping and villas.

Regent’s Park History

Regent’s Park may be the world’s first garden city, with its informal landscaping, villas and the way houses are grouped into terraces that look like palaces.

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The park, originally known as Marylebone Park, was laid out for Henry VIII as a hunting ground. In 1812 the architect John Nash was brought in by the Prince Regent, later King George IV, to develop it. Nash’s plan was revolutionary. He envisaged a complete new community, with nobles living in villas at the centre, the professional classes in the terraces round the park and lesser folks in humbler dwellings to the east. He even provided a market to supply the houses with food and other essentials. A new canal, the high-speed travel of its day, skirted the north.

The vision was never entirely completed, and a palace for the Prince was never even started, and in the following centuries the nobility moved out and learned institutions such as the Zoological Society of London moved in – the London Zoo is still a major tourist attraction.

The grand terraces have always been popular with literary types. Wilkie Collins, the first horror novelist, lived at 17 Hanover Terrace and HG Wells lived at No 13 during the Blitz, when he painted a giant 13 on the house to show what he thought of superstition.

Regent’s Park Property

The John Nash and Decimus Burton-designed terraced properties around Regent’s Park - such as Gloucester Gate, Cumberland Terrace, Chester Terrace or Cambridge Terrace to name just a few - are so distinctive that they give Regent’s Park an unmistakable atmosphere of richness and splendour. Regent’s Park property is sought-after by extremely distinguished buyers and commands some of the most exclusive prices in London.

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With so many of the buildings bearing Grade I or II listed status, the character and details have been well preserved. This doesn’t mean, however, that the Regent’s Park properties are not fit for modern life, with lavish additions such as cinema rooms, temperature-controlled wine cellars and home offices commonplace.

Top Attractions in Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park itself offers a number of lifestyle attractions. The Open Air Theatre is the only professional outdoor venue of its kind, while the annual Freezer Art Fair takes places in the autumn in the south of the park. The Hub in Regent’s Park is home to the largest outdoor sports facility in London, with pitches for hire, dedicated changing rooms and the chance to join in activities as diverse as Ultimate Frisbee and Australian Rules Football.

Regent’s Park is also a magnet for anyone interest in horticulture. Queen Mary’s Garden is home to the largest collection of roses in London, while the Regent's Park Allotment Garden is open to the public.

Regent’s Park Transport

While central London’s sprawl is accessible by foot, Regent’s Park is well served by public transport. The nearest Underground stations are Regent’s Park itself, Baker Street and Great Portland Street, while overground services run from Camden Road and Marylebone stations.

If you are interested in buying, selling or renting property in Regent's Park, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sandfords. Our Regent's Park estate agents are ready to assist with more information and advice on the Regent's Park property profile, accurate property valuations and a great selection of property for sale or to rent in the area.

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