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 - a harmonious mix of living and picturesque green. In its creation, Nash played showman, spending years obsessively reworking plans to conjure spectatcular landscape, where stately villas, palatial terraces, rolling hills and curious monuments all play an essential role in conjuring scenes of delight.
Yet behind the arcadia and stucco, at its core the development of Park was a vast exercise in state sponsored property speculation - 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 artfully spun fictions and show stopping facades of the park through the story of its making, its best buildings and finest views.
DEPARTS - Regents Park Tube station.
A walk lead by 'The London Ambler' - Mike Althorpe, based on 'Scenes of Wonder'