It’s the people’s park (195 hectares/487 acres), best for sunning, strolling long expanses—it can take a half-hour to cross it—and darting into the bohemian neighborhoods that fringe it. Once a hunting ground, it was very nearly turned into a development for the buddies of Prince Regent (later King George IV), but only a few of the private terrace homes were built; Winfield House, on 5 hectares (12 acres) near the western border of the park, has the largest garden in London, after the Queen. The American ambassador lives there—surprised? The most breathtaking entrance is from the south through John Nash’s elegant Park Crescent development, by the Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street Tube stations. North of the park, just over the Regent’s Canal and Prince Albert Road, Primrose Hill Park (Tube: Chalk Farm or Camden Town) affords a panorama of the city from 62m (203-ft.) high.
Regent’s Park, NW1
Our Rating Hours Daily 5am–dusk Transportation Tube: Baker St., Great Portland St., or Regent’s Park Phone 030/0061-2300 Prices Free Web site Regent’s Park