MAY 29,2013 - MAY 29,2013 (1 DAYS)
Regent Park, London:
Start & End: Regent park Station.
Duration: 3-4 hours. The Park is quite big.It took us 45 mins to walk from one end to the the other in a straight line. Combined with the Zoo - at least half a day (better, 7-8 hours) could be usefully spent on public transportation and on foot,
You'd never guess this quiet, tranquil park is surrounded by a buzzing city. This park is not packed as other central parks in London. The Regent´s is much quieter and pleasant. It is well used by the locals and tourist alike but is still quiet and relaxing. A nice stroll for a clear day. Even with heavy rain (as was our day there...) and apart from a few dog walkers, there is a feeling of having this huge garden all to yourself: lakes with little scenic bridges going over them, an open air theatre in summer, a boating lake, a separate (and very large) area for people who want to play football and other sports. Perfect for picnics, lazing around reading a book, playing football/frisbee with friends, romantic (or other) walks, walking your dog, jogging, cycling around the rounds that run around the park.
I liked the formal Queen Mary gardens, near the Cresent entrance. If you're visiting in the summer, the rose gardens are spectacular! Queen Mary's Gardens feature more than 30,000 roses of 400 varieties, Don't forget to visit the Primrose Hill view near the park. Primrose Hill is within walking distance (allow 15-25 minutes) for a great view of London from the top of the hill. A 10-15 min walk gets you to Camden Lock markets from here, which are also worth visiting.
The gardens, flower-beds, statues and fountains are worth seeking out. The flower beds are lovely at times. There is a nice boating pond which also has ducks and swans. The park is particularly beautiful when the seasons are changing.
Close to London Zoo, Madam Tussauds and the Planetarium. Camden is very near. In Octobre there is one of the best art fairs in Europe - the Frieze Fair (high entrance fee !).
No food shops and kiosks nearby. Restrooms in scarce. if you want a proper meal and havent brought a picnic with you, you will have to venture outside of the park to a restaurant or supermarket. In terms of access and amenities, there are two tube stations fairly nearby (Baker Street and Regents Park stations) and there are shops near those stations where you can pick up snacks on the way.