The Regent's Park is one of London's finest public spaces. Created by John Nash in the early 19th Century it is credited as the city's first conscious attempt at a garden suburb - that is a harmonious mix of living spaces and picturesque green. In its creation, Nash became an obsessive conjurer spending years reworking plans and in doing so he gifted London with a spectatcular landscape of encounter, where stately villas, palatial terraces, rolling hills and curious monuments all play an essential role in conjuring scenes of wonder and delight.
Yet behind the arcadia, romance and stucco, at its core the development of The Regent's Park was a vast exercise in state sponsored property speculation, and it was a venture into the Regency housing market marked by bitter arguements, nepotism, fudge and compromise. From illusions of Stourhead and Versailles, to incarnations of ancient Greece and modernism, this walk explores the architecture of the park through the story of its making taking in its best buildings and finest views.
A walk lead by 'The London Ambler' - Mike Althorpe.