Visitors staying in discount hotels near Regent’s Park in London are just a walk or a double-decker bus ride away from a site that one 19th century Londoner described as “among the magnificent ornaments of our metropolis.” Today it is still a beautiful park that covers 465 acres (188 ha) in the midst of bustling London. It is worth a visit at any time of year, but Regent’s Park is at its best in the summer when the roses are in bloom. It was once part of King Henry VIII’s royal hunting grounds. During the reign of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, it was transferred into a park by John Nash, one of England’s greatest architects.
Approaching from your budget hotel in London near Regent’s Park, go to the York Gate entrance, which is served by Baker Street. You will pass Madame Tussaud’s Museum and the Royal Academy of Music, founded in 1822. From York Bridge you have a beautiful view of historic St. Mary’s Church. Continue past Regent’s College, formerly part of Bedford College, founded in 1849. This route takes you to Queen Mary’s Garden, a magnificent rose garden dedicated to the memory of the wife of King George V. Nearby is the Open Air Theatre, founded in 1932, where on a summer night you can enjoy anything from Shakespeare to stand-up comedy. While you’re in Regent’s Park, also be sure to see the Hanover Gate, the London Central Mosque, Regent’s Canal, Lord’s Cricket Ground, and Little Venice.
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