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Welcome to The Friends of Regent's Park & Primrose Hill

The organisation for people who use and care about the Park

Why I like being a Friend

Slide Mark E Being a Friend
keeps me in touch
with my favourite Park
Slide Richard P The Friends helps
preserve the Park
for future generations
Slide Adrian J The quarterly newsletter
is always full of
interesting information
Slide Mike B The discounts available
provide great value
for my annual fee
Slide Jennie P The e-mail updates
give me current news
about the Park
Slide Ann K I feel I’m doing my bit
to preserve the
character of the Park
Slide Edward K I have made good
friends by attending
Friends events
Slide Ivan M I can e-mail questions
about the Park and
get useful replies
Slide Sarah S I enjoyed acting as a
site supervisor at the
bandstand concerts
Slide Gillian Y I look forward to
volunteering on Friends
projects in the Park
Slide Anne-Marie C I enjoy learning about
history of the Park and
its many associations
Slide Simon C The Friends lobby
to keep the Park
in tiptop shape
Slide Jonathon H The Friends really
care about the Park,
and that’s important
Slide Mary M The Friends fund
important projects that
wouldn’t happen otherwise
Slide Josie B I feel I’m doing my bit
to keep the Park
at its best
Slide Alison K I’m a local resident and
I value what the Friends
do for the environment
Slide Zoe D The Friends are a
useful channel for voicing
people’s concerns
Slide Siobhan T The Friends are an
important voice speaking
up for the Park
Slide Peter D It’s my way of contributing
personally to the
upkeep of the Park
Slide Emily B I value the Park, and
the Friends are vigilant in
looking after its interests
Did You Know?

Slide The Hub in Regent's Park
is the busiest outdoor
sports centre in the UK
Slide London Zoo opened in
1828 and was the first ever
scientific zoo in the world
Slide There are 30,000 roses
in the Park
of 400 varieties
Slide There are 170,000 trees in
the Royal Parks and about
6,000 in Regent’s Park
& Primrose Hill
Slide The Royal Parks has a database of the location and type
of all 170,000 trees
in its 8 parks
Slide In Regent’s Park there are over
100 varieties of birds including
Green woodpeckers, tawny owl
and Reed warbler
Slide In J. K. Rowling's first novel
Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's Stone, Harry goes
to the London Zoo for his
cousin's birthday
Slide Regent’s Park is one of the
few parks with herons and
is home to over 20
nesting pairs
Slide Regent’s Park is home to
21 butterfly species
and more than 230
species of moths
Slide There is an old forge
off the inner circle
of Regent’s Park
Slide The Open Air Theatre in
Regent’s Park was founded in 1932 and
has 1240 seats
Slide In October 1678, Primrose
Hill was the scene of the
mysterious murder of
Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey
Slide Ian Fleming's James Bond
novels frequently mentions
that the headquarters of MI6
is a "tall, grey building
near Regent's Park”
Slide The memorial at the top of
Primrose Hill was dedicated
to radical Unitarian poet Iolo
Morganwg (Edward Williams)
who founded the Gorsedd, a
community of Welsh bards
Slide The defunct Primrose Hill
railway station sits on the
railway lines that separate the
Primrose Hill area from
Camden Town
Slide In World War 2 there were
3 anti-aircraft guns on
Primrose Hill that locals
called “Primrose”
Slide There are seven English
Heritage blue plaques
in Primrose Hill
commemorating the historic
personalities that have
lived there
Slide In Agatha Christie's "The
Adventure of the Italian
Nobleman", Hercule Poirot
travels to Regent's Park to
investigate a murder
Slide A glass house in Queen
Mary’s Gardens could hold
2000 people and was
demolished in 1932
Slide Regent’s Park is Grade I
(highest) listed on the Register
of Historic Parks and Gardens
Slide In the Middle Ages the land
of Regent’s Park was part of
Tyburn manor – a plaque at
the top of Marylebone high
street marks the site
of the manor
Slide In 1867 the ice cover
on the boating lake collapsed and 40 people died
Slide In Regent’s Park there are
3 children’s playgrounds and
one in Primrose Hill
Slide In Regent’s Park there are
5 cafés/restaurants and
one in Primrose Hill
Slide In Ruth Rendell's crime
novel, The Keys to the Street
several murders take place
in Regent's Park
Slide After the 1530 Dissolution
of the Monasteries Henry VIII appropriated the Park
and made it a hunting and
forestry park
A Family-friendly Park

Slide Regent’s Park is great for
families. It’s a large, diverse
space with tons to
see and do
Slide There are four great
playgrounds, including the
newly refurbished one at
Gloucester Gate
Slide There are so many lovely
corners to stretch out a
blanket and enjoy an
open air picnic
Slide Is there ice cream?
Of course there is, near
the bandstand and at
the six cafés
Slide There are always
children-friendly shows in the
summer programme at the
Open Air Theatre
Slide There are 6 different cafés
to hang out at, each with its
own seating, child-friendly
menus and toilets
Slide Climb Primrose Hill
and roll down. Or see how
many famous buildings you
can spot from the top
Slide There are bandstand concerts
every Sunday and
Bank Holiday Monday
in the summer
Slide Kick or throw balls around
on Marylebone, Cumberland
and Gloucester Greens
Slide Cycle down the gentle
slopes of the Broadwalk,
from Chester Road to
the Outer Circle
Slide Take a canal barge on the
Regent’s Canal from
Little Venice to Camden
Market or vice versa
Slide Bring your dog.
Or borrow someone else’s.
But be sure to follow signs
showing where dogs
cannot go
Slide There are dozens of colourful
ducks, herons and swans
to admire at the Wildlife
and Waterfowl centre
Slide Why not cast off on
a pedalo or rowing boat
at the boating lake?
(needs an adult onboard)
Slide Book a tennis court
or mini tennis court at
Will to Win

Become a Member

Join the network of people who care about Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill


The Friends bring together people
who care about the park


Together we can help create a park that everyone can enjoy to the full


The Friends get your voice heard on
matters you care about

For more information on the eight Royal Parks, please visit their website at www.royalparks.org.uk