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One of London’s Royal Parks, Regent’s Park covers 410 acres.
Like some other royal parks, it was originally a hunting ground for King Henry Vlll. He famously hunted for wives, but he liked hunting deer as well. Only in 1835 did Regent’s Park open to the public. It is roughly circular in shape and has an outer ring road (the “Outer Circle”) and inner ring road (the “Inner Circle”) for vehicles and pedestrians. The Outer Circle is popular for cycling, especially in the morning before 7 a.m., when the park gates open for vehicle traffic. The Inner Circle is a popular resting place for cabbies.
The park is always busy because there are so many things to visit here, including London Zoo (opened 1828), the Open Air Theatre (opened 1932), Queen Mary’s Garden (London’s largest rose collection, opened 1934), Winfield House (since 1955 it has been the official residence of the United States Ambassador), Sussex Palace (main campus of the London Business School since 1970), London Central Mosque (built 1977), Regent’s University (built 1911), a lake and Regent’s Canal. The renowned and beautiful early 19th-century “Nash Terraces” (designed by prominent architect John Nash) surround the Park. All in all, there is a very interesting selection of architecture. If you enter Regent’s Park from the south, near Baker Street, you are in central London, and if you walk all the way north to the northern boundary, Prince Albert Road, you find yourself in north London, and the character is different. Regent’s Park thus constitutes a peaceful and charming gateway in either direction.
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Hampstead High Street is the main shopping street in Hampstead, a famous location in north London. It is served by Hampstead underground station, on the Northern Line, which is the deepest station on the underground network and has, if you are feeling energetic, 320 steps, which is a record. The underground station is located at the corner of Heath Street and High Street. Hampstead has over 75 English Heritage Blue Plaques, which mark and commemorate the many famous and prominent past residents. It is difficult to judge who is the most famous ex-resident of Hampstead, as there are so many to choose from – for example, the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the novelist John Galsworthy, the poet John Keats, the novelist DH Lawrence and the composer Arthur Bliss.
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