I enter the park through the Gloucester Gate, passing the Mathilda Drinking Fountain, an 1878 statue of a milkmaid astride a rocky grotto, presented to the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain Association, by Mathilda, wife of a local churchwarden.
Mathilda Drinking Fountain
I immediately pass by large fields, some full of soccer enthusiasts.
Fields and paths in The Regent's Park
In the center of the park, Queen Mary's Gardens, named after the wife of King George V, contain over 12,000 roses of 85 varieties, along with a begonia garden, a delphinium collection, a Mediterranean collection, and beautifully maintained shrubberies and paths.
Queen Mary's Garden
Alongside the garden, the Boating Lake offers great views, walks, and boats for rent.
The Boating Lake
More paths through formal gardens lead us to the tennis courts and the York Gate into Westminster and serious London buildings and traffic.
More paths and gardens
Back in the city
The Regent's Park is a fabulous oasis in the center of this busy city and has a lot to offer us all.