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by Catherine Stobbs (subscribe)
I'm an actress and freelance writer living in North London
Published April 4th 2011
Regent's Park is one of my favourite parks in London.

What I love most about it, is that you can stroll through the centre of it, for about 20 minutes (depending how fast you walk), and be in a completely different part of London. Regent's Park is in north west London, it is surrounded by various areas of London including Marylebone, Paddington, St John's Wood and a little further afield Camden Town.

It also houses London Zoo, as well as various cafes, picnic spots and a sports centre. The space is so vast and consists of both wide open fields and dense wooded areas, perfect if you are after a secluded spot. The fact that it covers so much space means that even on the hottest of summer days, you can find yourself an undisturbed spot to have a quiet picnic, or just some time to yourself, to enjoy the scenery.

One of the many statues in the park


My favourite way to enter the park is from St Marks Bridge, on the North East side of the park. This entrance is easily accessible from Camden Town. It is a well sign posted and scenic walk along the canal from central Camden, or it can be passed through by the 274 bus. From here you can walk along the pebbled path, past the zoo, right into the centre of the park.

Should you want to continue to the other side, you will end up in Marylebone. Or you could take off to the left and take seat in the mass of fields and watch the sportsmen dash about, or pop into the brilliantly named restaurant, 'The Honest Sausage', which sells a variety of organic sandwiches, and of course sausages themselves.

The park also has a boating lake, great for a slightly different take on a park visit, which incurs a small charge, the lake is also home to swans, ducks and various other wildlife.

The centre of the park also contains one of London's best open air theatres, where productions for the entire family are staged, especially in the summer. A recent production was an adaptation of 'Peter Pan', which received rave reviews, and entertained children and adults of all ages. Click here for more information about upcoming productions.

The park is easily accessible from various points in London.

Tube stations surrounding various parts of the park include, Regent's Park, Camden Town, Marylebone, St.John's Wood, and Great Portland Street. Check out the TFL website for your nearest station.

There are also regular buses towards the Park and the Zoo including the 274, 74, 82, 189 and 18. There are sign posts and information on how to get to the park from the nearby stations. There is also a pay and display car park.

If you are a regular visitor to the park you can visit the website and plan your days itinerary and check out their jogging routes.

The boating lake and bandstand
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Why? Because you will feel like you are in the country, in the middle of the City
When: Open daily til 4pm in the winter, and up to 9pm at the height of summer
Where: Regents Lodge 146 Park Rd, London NW8 7RG
Cost: Entrance to the Park is free, there is a charge for some activities, check the website for up to date prices
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