A walk in the (chilly) park
I can tell that we’re becoming Londoners because of our new-found fascination with the weather! Yesterday’s forecast was for “high clouds, with a high of 9” (celsius, that is) … so I decided to take advantage of the relative dryness and go walkabout in Regent’s Park.
Regent’s Park sits in the north of Central London in the City of Westminster. Just west of Camden Town, it is bordered along the north by the Regent’s Canal. There are some lovely little boat houses here. The canal connects with the original London docks and the Camden locks. I’ll have to visit those on another day.
At the south end of the park is a lovely coffee shop called The Crow and Bean (that to me looks like a church, but what do I know?). They serve coffee, tea, scones, and ice cream.
I walked along the Broadwalk from the south end of the park to the north. Along the way I saw lots of dogs, most off the lead (or leash, in the States). It was so much fun to watch them play in the mud! One thing that I did see that I thought was eminently sensible (and therefore quite British, in my estimation), is these boxes. They are for dog waste only!
There were also some really nice playgrounds. (England seems to be wary of strangers taking pictures of children in parks though, so I didn’t push my luck. Last week a man was arrested for snapping a pic of his own son!)
In the center of the Broadwalk near the middle of the park stands this lovely fountain. It wasn’t running at this time of year, but I bet in the summer it provides a welcome place to cool off.
What was most interesting about the fountain, however, was the plaque installed on the southern face. Here’s a close-up:
While the weather was a bit chilly, I definitely enjoyed my walk in the park. I think Londoners, like New Yorkers, cherish their open spaces. It’s nice that they have several options. But I have to admit, so far Regent’s Park is my favorite!