Regent’s Park is a sprawling green space set amongst the hustle and bustle of London. Designed by John Nash in 1811, this former hunting ground is a picturesque playground for pups. So large it spans across two boroughs, from Camden and Primrose Hill to Marylebone and Mayfair, it offers plenty of space to explore with your furry friend. This glorious gem is packed full of greenery with leafy tree-lined walkways, beautifully designed flower gardens and wide open spaces that make it the perfect pawspot.
Fancy some frisbee flinging? The park is home to the largest outdoor sports facility in London, so pick up on the sporty vibes and enjoy some outdoor pursuits with your pup in the spacious green areas.
It a gentle stroll is more your pace, there are beautifully scenic areas to enjoy. While most of the floral gardens are off limits to your four-legged friend, that doesn’t mean your pooch will be short of sniff-spots. The park is studded with statues and fountains that make pawfect places to explore. If you’re in the mood for flowers, bring along your lead and explore the beautifully fragrant Heather Gardens together. Tails will be wagging and noses twitching as you enjoy the floral display.
Regent’s Park is also home to London Zoo but paws aren’t allowed inside, so you’ll need to keep your wildlife watching to the local fauna. However, there’s still plenty to see. The park is a haven for local wildlife, offering a home to around 100 species of wild birds and a breeding population of hedgehogs. Remember to take along your binoculars and settle down for a while to watch out for birds. Just be sure to keep fido on their lead near the boating pond if you decide to meet and greet some of the resident water birds.
Take a quick stop to rest your paws at The Hub. This dog-friendly delight offers 360-degree panoramic views of The Regent’s Park from the terrace. If the weather allows take a side helping of fresh air alongside your coffee and enjoy the view. The cafe is open daily from 9am, while closing time varies depending on the season. Dogs are welcome in the outside dining are but are not allowed inside.
If you’re not sure where to start, there are maps all round the park to help you navigate and to let you know which area you can explore with your dog. You can even enjoy a “soundscape of geo-located music” via an app Music for Trees, specially created for Regent’s park with music by students from the Royal Academy of Music.
Round off your tip with a stroll to nearby Primrose Hill to enjoy a sweeping vista of the London skyline. This beautiful, historic hill is one of the six protected viewpoints in the city, so it’s worth the climb to enjoy uninterrupted views of the capital.
If you are looking for something to do before or after your visit to the park, squeeze in some shopping at nearby Camden Market, or combine your visit with a stroll through Primrose Hill on the North East side of the park.
There are plenty of dog-friendly eateries in Central London, from Bubbledogs serving hot dogs and tater tots alongside a selection of champagnes, to modern European brasserie Percy & Founders to regency townhouse York & Albany.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our Guide to dog-friendly London as well as our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Regent’s Park, Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR
As the park is in Central London there is very limited parking available. The park recommends taking public transport where possible.
The closest Tube stations are Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line), Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle & Metropolitan lines), Baker Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan & Bakerloo lines), St John’s Wood (Jubilee line) and Camden Town (Northern line).
Many bus lines also stop near the park. To plan your journey, visit Transport for London.
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