I’ve decided I am going to do some posts about some of my favorite places to go in London. I am definitely missing ol’ blighty! Hopefully this will help….
The Honest Sausage is a chain of sausage shacks, if you will, spotted around the royal parks in London. They are serve free range sausage, veggie sausages, and a variety of drinks and bakery items. They also do a great breakfast if you can make it there before 11am.
Our last week in England, we went to the one in Regent’s Park. There’s also a small one in Greenwich Park, but the one in Regents Park is tucked among the trees in an old Tudor-esque type building.
Regent’s Park has an interesting history. It used to be hunting grounds for Henry VII, and was transformed in the 1600’s by the Prince Regent into a park with elaborate gardens to stroll and admire– if you were among the elite:
Marylebone Park, as it was known, remained a royal chase until 1646. It was John Nash, architect to the crown and friend of the Prince Regent, who developed Ther Regent’s Park as we know it today.
A vast rounded park was designed by John Nash, surrounded by palatial terraces, a lake, a canal, 56 planned villas (only 8 were ever built) and a second home for the Prince – a summer palace, which was never built.
The Park became the home of several organisations like the Zoological Society and the Royal Botanic Society. It wasn’t until 1835, during the reign of King George IV, that the general public were actually allowed into the sections of the Park and this was only for two days of the week.
The main development in the 20th century was the creation, in the 1930s, of Queen Mary’s Gardens. Of the buildings and monuments within the park, only two villas, St John’s Lodge and The Holme, remain from John Nash’s original conception of the park.
The zoo here is wonderful. It’s not huge, but well sized for little ones– with lots of hands on activities and spaces to trawl through and explore. Maggie was a little nervous around the sheep in the petting zoo area, but loved climbing through tunnels and popping up in a plastic dome to be among moles and other burrowing creatures. There’s even an area designed by kids for kids, specifically for monkeying around. She was also entranced by the two tigers (“mommy and daddy tigers”), and of course the carousel and coin-operated automobiles.
STAY TUNED FOR PART 2… CAMDEN LOCK AND THE CANALS!!