London’s Regents Park in the summer is bucolic bliss, offering a few moments’ escape from the troubles of the real world. Around every corner some new interest awaits: live music at the bandstand, a lake on which tiny paddle boats glide along, mature trees offering shade for picnics. To the north are sports facilities and the famous zoo,. The Park’s northern border is formed by the Regents Canal, a serene stretch of water in a deep cutting, with still air and delightful strolls passed spectacular houses – who are these people? The Park is surrounded by elegant architecture, mostly housing even if some is now used as colleges, while the surrounding road is denied to commercial traffic. Cafes abound.
Of particular interest is a central area within a circular road – “the inner circle”. Here is the Queen Mary Rose Garden, the Open Air Theatre, the Begonia Garden, and the Japanese Garden. A central broadwalk runs from South to North where gushes the Triton Fountain. Everywhere there are secluded alcoves encouraging composure and meditation.
Historically this Inner Circle was leased to the then Royal Botanic Society which laid out the lawns and lake. The lake now forms part of the Japanese Garden with its magnificent waterfall. The rose gardens were then introduced. The Triton Fountain stands where once stood the botanical glass house. Lots of Regents Park history here. And here.
The Inner Circle:
The Japanese Garden
The Regents Canal – The North border of Regents Park.