Panorama of the Boating Lake in Regents Park. The panorama was taken near to the Clarence Gate entrance to the park, the nearest entrance to Baker Street. There are normally loads of swans, ducks and geese here, and it is quite possible to feed them by hand.
Regents Park - Boating Lake - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Regents Park - Boating Lake' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360Â° panoramas from Greater London.
Regents Park (officially called 'The Regents Park') covers 487 acres of central London. In the park is a Boating Lake where you can hire a rowing boat and relax on the waters among the swans, ducks and geese. The Boathouse Restaurant near to Hanover Gate, and the Garden Café in the Queen Mary Gardens both provide refreshments.
A walkway runs around the southern side of the Boating Lake, and people often feed the birds from here. It is not uncommon to find people surrounded by all kinds of birds trying to get their share of the bread. The north-east section of the lake is fenced off and contains some of the 90 species of ornamental waterfowl (ducks and the like) that can be found in Regents Park. Since the 1980s, all the waterfowl for the other Royal Parks are bread at The Regents Park and a Nature Study Centre has been established. There are currently some 650 birds on the lake including about 260 pairs of ducks from the Breeding Centre in Regents Park.
Herons are common in this part of Regents Park, especially in the early evening, or standing in rows along the edge of the lake in the morning. Whilst this puts pressure on the aquatic life within the park, the herons are a welcome spectacle. Later on in the evening, especially in the summer, it is possible to catch sight of bats flying about the lights at dusk as they chase their own prey.
Regents Park and the boating lake are close to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and Madam Tussauds. If you are visiting London then passing through Regents Park and the Boating Lake is the best way to get to London Zoo. Access to both the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the London Zoo is free with the London Pass holders.
Bus: Marylebone Road (18, 27, 30, 205, 205X, 453, N18, N205)
Tube: Regents Park (Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines), Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, Metropolitan lines)