The stunning culmination of the only grand urban plan ever realised in London formed the inspiration for Haussmann’s Paris and is home to the most expensive terrace house in the world
Regent’s Park and the heroic urban vision that led to its creation marks London’s transformation from a commercial capital to a great imperial city. In the unlikely alliance of George IV and his wily architect John Nash, much of central London was rebuilt as a planned neo-classical city for the very first time and a great deal of the form and character we attribute to it today was established. The culmination of this vision was Regent’s Park itself, conceived as a vast Arcadian expanse surrounded by an incomparable array of breath-taking Regency terraces. This endearingly picturesque premise survives to this day and in its sublime collection of cream-stuccoed palaces romantically cast against the verdant green backdrop of the park, we find perhaps the most powerful example of the deep bond between London’s built and natural environments. That these terraces offer some of the most spectacular parkland backdrops in Europe is significant for it is in them - in the heart of unplanned and organic London - that Napoleon III and his prefect Baron Haussmann eventually found the inspiration to create the most planned city of them all, Paris.
Regent's Park Lake
WALK START LOCATION: Regent's Park tube station (Exit 1) / Map
WALK ENDS: Near London Zoo