Regent’s Street

regent Street - sign

Another of west-central London’s thoroughfares and another grand shopping street. The street’s curve between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus was a compromise when it was first built when ownerships of land came into question. John Nash’s vision of broad thoroughfares and public areas he so loved from French cities were more complicated to achieve in London. It is one of the first planned developments in London and was approved by parliament because it was to be paid by local investors who would then rent out the ground floor as commercial properties. Today many of the grand houses still hold flagship stores from one of the largest retail companies in the world. The street has been redeveloped many times since it was first established in the early 19th century. Currently Beaux Arts dominates the street, the large city blocks being designed to be different but harmonised and all facades finished in Portland stone.

Regent street - curve

If the architecture itself doesn’t make you marvel, during the winter months its Christmas lights will light up the darkened London winter days. Every year there is a new theme and it is always fun to make the trip to central London in November and see what the new theme is.

The extra bits: Regent’s Park is located further to the north and is one of the royal parks in London, where you can also find London Zoo. It’s another of John Nash visions for the city.

Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite R street in London or in your own hometown/favourite city.


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8 Responses to Regent’s Street

  1. Thanks for some great images of a favorite city! We usually stay not far from Regent Street when we visit, so I was able to walk the streets via your photos and feel almost as if I were there.

    Sharon E. Cathcart
    Award-winning Author of Fiction Featuring Atypical Characters

    • jebjork says:

      Thanks Sharon! Hope you get a chance to come back and visit this lovey city soon. I’ve lived here for eight years now and I never tire of it.

  2. messymimi says:

    The architecture is amazing. We have Raphael Semmes Road, and if more people knew it was named after an Admiral in the Confederate Navy, they’d probably want it changed.

  3. Beth Lapin says:

    Interesting photos — question about the Portland stone… is that Portland England? I live near Portland, CT, USA, and they quarried brownstone for NYC and other places.

    Affirmations for a Good Life

    • jebjork says:

      Great question, I had to look it up and it is limestone from Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. Wikipedia even reminded me not to be confused with Portland brownstone. I also realised that I visited the Isle of Dorset once but didn’t make the connection.

  4. Trudy says:

    I love the curve of the street and buildings. The Christmas lights are beautiful! How fun that they use a different theme each year.

    Trudy @ Reel Focus

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