The Majesty of London's Renowned Regents Park - Part I / 伦敦著名的摄政公园 - 上集
The famous Regents Park is considered to be one of the most beautiful outdoor tourist attractions in London and an afternoon's visitation to it's sprawling greens and lush gardens simply affirms this bold statement.
Regent’s Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and is named after Prince Regent, sometimes referred to as the playboy prince, who later became King George IV from 1762 – 1830).
Also being a personal favourite of mine, a trip to Regent’s Park never fails to be a great day out. I never cease to be amazed at the fact that there are in total 410 acres of lush, beautiful gardens right here, in the heart of London. So if you're every in dire need of some fresh air and breathing space, you couldn't go far wrong by taking a nice, relaxing stroll within it's grounds.
There being only one week before my parents returned to China, I decided to take them on a particularly glorious sunny Saturday afternoon here.
The park is located in the heart of Central London, near St. Pancras, Marylebone and Paddington. Very close to other such popular tourist attractions like Madame Tussauds and Camden Town. My feeling is that every part of the park has its own unique charm to it, due to the distinctly different looks of each section. Which is something that keeps drawing me back to it again and again.
Like all the big parks in London, Regent’s park is full of wide, open spaces and lush green grass. You'll find many huge, broad trees scattered around that should provide plenty of shade in case of an unexpected downpour. The venue is blissfully tranquil. What more could you ask for?
Frieze Art Fair 2017
Currently, there is a stunning outdoor exhibition for the Frieze Art Fair 2017 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens, where twenty three sculptures are being exhibited. It features works by some of the most famous 20th-century and contemporary artists, including John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Gary Hume, Michael Craig-Martin and Ugo Rondinone. Well worth a visit to indulge in some top-notch creative artwork.
The Avenue Gardens is near the Broad Walk. Stand-out highlights include tiered fountains, evergreen hedges and expansive ornamental bowls brimming with colourful flowers. Don't forget to pay this area a visit when here. It's alluring presence is like sweet candy for the eyes. Everyone took out their cameras or phones to take pictures, trying to capture this incredible beautiful moment.
Within the centre of Avenue Gardens stands a large, circular stone bowl supported by four winged statues of lions. This magnificent sculpture was installed by Newfield in 1863. Check it out below:
There are some awesome little coffee stops/cafes along the way. I can vouch for their great tasting brews. If you opt for the lunch menu, I would recommend the Regent’s Bar and Kitchen. Keep in mind that their sandwiches and pizzas are especially delicious. The café even has a wonderful open-plan space with attached spacious terrace. Perfect for spending a nice, chilled day admiring the gorgeous scenery throughout.
Money Drinking Fountain
A little further along, we came across the Ready Money Drinking Fountain, which is a four-sided granite and marble gothic drinking fountain. The sculpture contains a whopping ten tonnes of Sicilian marble and additional four tonnes of red Aberdeen granite.
It was a wealthy Iranian industrialist from Bombay who donated it to Regent’s Park in 1869 as a "gift of appreciation" for the protection that he and his fellow nationalists received from British rule in India.
A Sudden Downpour (Typical!)
If you have ever lived in London, you are probably aware that the weather here can be pretty unpredictable. Not long after we entered the park, a heavy shower came out of nowhere. Luckily for us, there was a smallish willow tree nearby. The perfect hiding spot for us to wait it out, lol. It turned out perfectly as the sunshine wasn't far behind.
走进英国花园 (English Garden)，恰好这儿正举办“弗里兹艺术周”。这是一个大规模的户外雕塑作品展，共展出二十三个巨型雕像。这一片浓缩的现场文化由著名的20世纪和当代艺术家的作品来呈现，有John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Gary Hume, Michael Craig-Martin and Ugo Rondinone。件件艺术品可谓造工精细，寓意深刻，都是一流的创作作品，很值得一看。对于喜欢艺术的朋友们，千万不要错过哦。以下是我个人精选的几件作品。
大道花园位于Broad Walk 附近，主要亮点有分层的喷泉，四季常青的树篱以及鲜艳缤纷的五彩花坛。处处色彩鲜艳绚丽，犹如甜蜜的糖果般吸引人的眼光。游客们纷纷拿出相机拍照，想把这道美丽的风景永远留下。