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Area spotlight - Baker Street and Regent’s Park

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2019

Marylebone is one of London’s most attractive districts, boasting beautiful Georgian architecture and intimate squares of terraced properties.  The area is amazing for eating out with a wealth of world-class restaurants and celebrity hangouts too.  

It’s close to the West End, but with its own distinct character and a high street packed with independent boutiques and delis. There’s plenty to do – from the attractions around Baker Street to the charm of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. For all of this, the area manages to retain a peaceful village feel that makes it pleasing to visitors and residents.

To find out more about the area, we delve deeper into two of its main attractions – Regent’s Park and Baker Street …

 

Regent's Park


Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is one of the largest green spaces in central London, covering 410 acres. It’s a lovely place to relax and reflect, whether you’re sipping a latte from one of the cafes, sniffing the blooms in the rose garden or watching your little ones let off steam in one of the children’s playgrounds. You can also take a stroll up nearby Primrose Hill for excellent views of the London skyline.  


History

Regent's Park was first commissioned in 1811 by the Prince Regent (the future King George IV) on the site of one of Henry VIII’s hunting grounds. It was laid out by John Nash; the man responsible for designing much of Georgian London.  


A few highlights

ZSL London Zoo is one of the park’s big attractions. The zoo is committed to conservation worldwide and home to more than 750 species. Journey through the iconic Penguin Beach, Tiger Territory and Gorilla Kingdom – and, if you’re brave enough, the walkthrough spider experience.    

Regent's Park Outdoor Theatre The theatre first opened in 1932 and is now one of the largest in London. In recent years, it has been celebrated for its bold programming, which includes musical theatre, opera and modern drama, alongside Shakespeare and other classics.   

Queen Mary's Gardens These formal gardens contain approximately 12,000 roses of many varieties with plenty of benches to stop and take in this sensory overload. Other gardens not to miss include the Avenue Gardens, Wildlife Garden and St John's Lodge Gardens.  

The boating lake is open every day from 10.30am till 6pm, late March until October. You can hire rowing boats and pedalos from the boathouse nearby.   

The Hub Sports Centre has pitches for hire for rugby, softball, football, cricket, and lacrosse plus an informal games area.

 

Baker Street Station


Baker Street

South of the Regent’s Park ring road is Baker Street, arguably one of the most recognisable streets in the world, as the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes.


History

Baker Street was named after William Baker, the builder who first laid it out in the 18th century. In 1835, Madame Tussauds opened up on Baker Street, where it remained for nearly fifty years before moving to its current site on Marylebone Road.

 
Mr Holmes

According to the Arthur Conan-Doyle novels, Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson lived at 221b Baker Street from 1881 to 1904. In 1990, the Sherlock Holmes Museum was established at number 239 Baker Street and a blue plaque installed on its wall. 

 
Other claims to fame

Over the years, Baker Street has been a key London location. In the 1960s, it was home to the Beatles' Apple Boutique – and to singer Dusty Springfield. For many years, it was the headquarters of Marks & Spencer.  British WWII organisation, the Special Operations Executive, was based at number 64 from 1940, assuming the nickname, 'The Baker Street Irregulars', after a gang in the Sherlock Holmes stories.  


Find out more

There’s a lot to see in Baker Street and Regent’s Park, whether you’re a visitor or a local. If you’d like to explore living or renting close-by, please contact us to find out more about the area and our selection of properties.