Regent’s Park is a great day out with kids of any age. Explore acres of beautiful flower beds, spacious parkland, gorgeous fountains and the picturesque boating lake. You can literally spend hours wandering around! A decision to spend some dedicated time at Regent’s Park with kids will not disappoint!
Regent’s Park is one of eight Royal Parks in London. It covers an area of 395 acres and is named after the Prince Regent, also known as the playboy prince. This prince became King George IV in 1820 and reigned as King for 10 years.
Getting to Regent’s Park with Kids
You can easily get to Regent’s Park on the tube stopping at Baker Street and Great Portland Street on the Metropolitan Line (dark purple line) and Regent’s Park on the Bakerloo Line (brown line). Click here for a London city tube map.
Things to See in Regent’s Park with Kids
English Gardens – The Best of Regent’s Park with Kids
The English Gardens were my favourite part of Regent’s Park mainly because I wasn’t expecting them!
When we entered the park I was expecting a big, green, open space. This was mainly due to my own definition of the noun ‘park’. However, what we found were glorious avenues of pristinely cultivated gardens, all punctuated by about three water fountains of all different shapes and sizes.
The name English Gardens doesn’t quite do this part of Regent’s Park justice. I am English and have a garden, but it doesn’t look like this! These gardens hark back to a time of royal palaces and the manor houses of Jane Austen. They’re simply beautiful.
We chased the kids up and down each row. We stopped only to marvel at the grandeur of the fountains or enjoy the beauty and the colour of the flower beds.
As you leave the English Gardens you will walk past this cute little coffee shop. Would make the perfect pit stop for a cheeky coffee and a cake!
The Japanese Island Garden
The Japanese Island Garden is a great place to spend some time in Regent’s Park with kids. The water and thick foliage envelops you making it easy to enjoy the moment.
On incredibly hot days this part of Regent’s Park offers some generous areas of shade and stillness.
The Boating Lake
The Boating Lake was always our destination when we entered Regent’s Park with kids and we did eventually get there.
It was a blistering day when we visited and there were people everywhere. However, there was still plenty of space for us to run around and explore with the kids.
The lake is pretty open, which means you need to keep a close eye on little children. I don’t know what it is with little boys and any body of water, but all our little boy wanted to do was get in!
There were lots of families in all parts of the park enjoying the day with picnics and ice-creams, scooters and footballs. It’s a really lovely place to spend some time with your family and be in the centre of one of the busiest cities in the world.
Other places to See in Regent’s Park
Open Air Theatre
When spending some real time in London and fancy taking in a performance, the Open Air Theatre at Regent’s Park would be a great choice.
The theatre was created by a simple decision to keep a production of Twelfth Night running. After its run had finished at the Noel Coward Theatre the show needed a new home and the rest, as they say, is history.
London Zoo is based at the end if Regent’s Park and is another great place to take the kids. For information and tickets click here.
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