The exclusive residential area of Regent’s Park comprises a small number of attractive streets surrounding the Royal Park. Many of the properties in this area were commissioned by the Prince Regent and designed by the architect John Nash. With stunning views over the park itself, and a small number of private gardens attached to the properties, it’s no wonder these homes are so highly coveted.
The Regent’s Park area is also home to some of London’s biggest tourist attractions. Aside from the park itself, and the stunning Inner Circle of Queen Mary’s Rose Garden, ZSL London Zoo sits within the park’s grounds. Madam Tussauds London and The Sherlock Holmes Museum are to the south, where Regent’s Park meets Marylebone. The chic shopping districts of Primrose Hill and Camden Town border to the north.
It’s no surprise then, that the area is well served by public transport. There are numerous Underground stations around the perimeter of the park. Baker Street, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street sit to the south; Mornington Crescent to the east. For mainline train services, both Marylebone and Euston are in close proximity. The A40 and the A1 main roads offer a quick vehicular route out of the City.
While the neighbourhood is often bustling with tourists and visitors from all over the world, those grand terraces are also home to wealthy individuals and families. Drawn to the area for its exquisite architecture, picturesque Royal Park and central London location, it’s an attractive destination for those living in, or moving to, London with children. The area has many highly respected schools for all ages, in Regent’s Park itself and the surrounding neighbourhoods.
For affluent families with younger children in the Regent’s Park area, there are a choice of nursery schools, pre-pre and prep schools in the area.
North Bridge House Prep School is based in Regent’s Park itself, and caters for both boys and girls aged 7-13 years old. It offers unmatched senior school preparation, with an individualised approach. As well as academic excellence, the school also takes pride in its extracurricular activity programme and the level of pastoral care offered to each pupil. For younger children, there are nursery and pre-prep schools in Hampstead and West Hampstead.
St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory School is based on the north-west perimeter of Regent’s Park. It offers a mixed education for children aged 3-7 years old. It comprises four classrooms for nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2. Small class sizes mean that children get a personalised education, preparing them for a move to prep school and for ongoing independence.
On the edge of Primrose Hill, on the northern boundary of Regent’s Park, is Saint Christina’s. It is the only co-educational independent Catholic prep day school in north and central London. It offers a calm, safe space away from the bustle of city life, nurturing the children to achieve their best.
The local state primary school, Christ Church CE Primary School, is also an option for families in the area, based to the east of Regent’s Park. Offering just a one-form entry, the small school offers a stimulating environment for local children aged 3-11 (including its nursery school). It has a strong ethos of inclusivity and diversity.
When it comes to secondary education, the nearest and most prestigious day school for girls is the Francis Holland School. It’s based in the south-west corner of Regent’s Park and is one of the leading schools in London. As well as offering excellence in academic studies, students are encouraged to be independent, creative and individual thinkers. The warm environment supports each child to be their best, with innovative and modern facilities to explore, research and inspire.
The Southbank International School is close to Regent’s Park, and well known as the leading International Baccalaureate school in London. This can be advantageous for children who may go on to continue their education elsewhere in the world, where the IB diplomas are more commonplace. It also offers a multicultural experience, with students from over 70 countries, aged 3-19 years old.
There are a number of state secondary schools in the Regent’s Park and surrounding areas. For example, Regent High School in NW1 opened a new state-of-the-art building in April 2015, and prides itself as being a centre of innovation and enterprise. It has many partnerships that help to enhance its curriculum and prepare students for higher education.
Children with special educational needs are also catered for in the nearby neighbourhoods. For example, Abingdon House School is an independent day school for pupils aged 5-17 years old. It gives a tailored and individual education to children with specific learning needs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and social communication difficulties.
Those who graduate from secondary education in the Regent’s Park area are often destined for Oxbridge, other Russell Group universities or international establishments. However, there are notable higher-education options in the locality too.
The London Business School delivers some of the top programmes in the world, including Master’s degrees, MBA and PhD awards in business management and finance. It also offers Executive Education courses, and works with organisations, from its Sussex Place site adjacent to Regent’s Park.
The prestigious Royal Academy of Music is the oldest conservatoire in the UK, founded in 1822. This establishment offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all forms of musical performance, from jazz to opera, and musical theatre to composition. It is based on Marylebone Road, south of Regent’s Park.