23 May 2014

A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park


A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park

As part of my series to the 'A walk in the park' posts, its not everyday you can  have a picnic with your very own live music entertainment on tap without paying a ridiculous sum of money. Well, two weekends ago I was just that lucky. Myself, my partner in crime aka Mr Awesome and a few friends gathered in Regents Park to chase the sun out of the shadows in the beautifully colourful park. One of the largest green areas in the heart of good old London town. Its home to an Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, cafes and restaurants scattered around the green to quench your thirst should you need to refresh after taking on the 410 acres of lush greenery, gardens, lake with boating area and romance themed fountain sculptures.


With enough food to feed a small country, wine and drinks, I guess it was safe to call it a party in the park. All in aid of a lovely friend who was embarking on a trip back home to Australia. Getting together a large group of friends is never easy but my friend Lis pulled it off quite well. I guess it helps that the Bank Holiday was upon us so there was no excuse not to mingle on the green. The weather was holding its end of the bargain. The park was filled with families letting their little people run around chasing squirrels, lovers picnicking with scenic backgrounds and friends catching up in the cool setting of the park. With our group getting bigger every five minutes, conversations soon fleeted to the large number of ukuleles we had in the group.  It was time to get them out and have a jam session. With Lis leading the way, we unashamedly run through a few Glee favourite tunes before doing a bit of Johnny Cash and a few tracks any one sober would never confess to singing. Least of all in public. All in good fun though.

Before parting ways Mr Awesome and I managed to explore more of the park. With most of the Royal Parks in London keeping a secret or two. Regents Park is no exception. When Regents Park was designed/landscaped by John Nash in 1811, he envisioned a collection of villas and a Palace for Prince Regent but only a few villas were completed. One of which, today is owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Nash, a British architect and South Londoner born into the borough I now call home. He left a legacy of popular buildings such as the Royal Pavillion in Brighton, Buckingham Palace and input in much of the homes in Regents Street, Marylebone and theatres such as Haymarket to name a few. A lot of the villas in Regents Park are now privately owned with some occupied by Westminster University. One in particular interest on the day of  our party in the park was St John's Lodge, because right next to this villa is a little spot even many Londoners don't even know about. The Secret Garden in Regents Park. It opened to the public in 1928 and still tucked away on the Inner Circle of Regents park, close to the Rose Gardens. Usually secrets dont stay secret for too long. On good days you can have this place all to yourself and on some, you can expect to have a few guests join you on your escape from the crowds in Regents Park. Just be sure to close the gates behind you so this little secret stays secret for a little while longer.

A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park
A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park
A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park
A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park
A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park
A Walk In The Park | Secrets in Regents Park

36 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures. I really do miss home now! I loved Regent Parks. Hyde Park too!

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  2. All the London parks are great for picnics, but Regent's Park is one of my favourites.

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    1. Mine too. I love it. Its great for cycling too in the inner or outer circle of the park.

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  3. Where is this, It is a nice park

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  4. Looks like the best time of year to visit Regents Park, given the stunning array of colors. The shots of the flowers are very crisp, too. A little wine on a holiday afternoon...perfect.

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    1. Definitely, its even more beautiful when its nice and sunny. With some wine of course :D

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  5. These gardens really throw me back in time; expecting Sir Henry and Lady Williston to come walking through in Victorian attire! What an enchanting picnic. Thank you for inviting us to sit next to you.

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    1. Thanks Rashad, Glad you enjoyed the picnic :D

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  6. Great to come across this today, less than 24 hours after discussing with a friend if we should include Regent's Park to our list for an upcoming long weekend in London. :)

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    1. Awesome. I am sure you will enjoy it there.

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  7. I'd love to laze about here and read that magazine, ahhhhh looks glorious. Thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler again.

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  8. I was there Y E A R S ago. It´s beautiful but I didn´t have picknick there. What a fault. :(

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  9. That is one gorgeous park! I'd love to have a picnic there, looks like it was the perfect day for it!

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  10. I live in London and dont take advantage of it enough as I should. I did however have a surprise picnic in Regents park last year, which my girlfriend organised and was so nice, you can just never be too sure, with the weather.

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    1. I know what you mean as much as we would like to, planning becomes harder when you have to play lucky dip with the weather.

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  11. London's so good for parks, and as soon as the sun comes out there's nowhere better to be. Lovely photos, looks like you had a great picnic. #SundayTraveler

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  12. What a beautiful day! You were quite lucky with the weather I guess! I would love to have a picnic there too

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  13. What a great way to spend the afternoon; it looks so relaxing. (http://www.reflectionsenroute.com)

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  14. Looks like a fun way to spend the day! I'm really excited to visit London, and hopefully I can catch a glimpse of one of the parks while I'm there. There seem to be some great ones!

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  15. Wine, snacks and a jam session? Sounds like an awesome picnic! Enjoy the nice weather!

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  16. There's nothing better than a sunny day in a London park. i really miss my time there, during my five years in the city I had so many wonderful picnics. Great post!

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  17. Sounds like a great day in the park. London parks are so much fancier than anything here in Canada.

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  18. I love those flowers!! It's indeed a wonderful place to spend some time with loved ones. :)

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  19. Beautiful! It really is a wonderful park. Loved your post and the photos are gorgeous! I am starting studies at Regents College in the Inner Circle in October. I must visit the Secret Garden! Sarah x

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    1. Awesome. What a great place to study in. You will have full access to the gardens then.

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  20. I used to live near Regents Park, and it's still one of my favourite places in London - and I used to love the Secret Garden! Beautiful photos. I'll have to go back soon!

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    1. Definitely! Fastly turning into a favourite spot for me too.

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  21. Can't believe I missed this on my last trip to the city! Gorgeous colors.

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  22. I've visited Regents Park few years ago, and it's still as pretty as I remembered it. Gorgeous photos!

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