Nature Travel

Queen Mary’s Gardens (Regent’s Park, London)

As my loyal readers know, I am a BIG fan of being outside whenever possible. And this past weekend provided ample opportunity with the first brilliant summer-esque days in London. I even wore shorts outside the house for the first time! My Big and her husband were coming down from Wales to stay with us for the weekend, and I procrastinated cleaning on Friday evening by wandering round Queen Mary’s Gardens.
Queen Mary’s Gardens
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Annick Roses.
Queen Mary’s Gardens are within the inner circle of Regent’s Park (along with the open air theatre). Queen Mary’s Gardens opened in 1932 and is London’s largest collection of roses. (There are about 12,000 roses inside the garden and 85 different species.) But there are also many other beautiful flowers, including about 9,000 begonias. And the shrubbery is all planted to give you a sense that you have some seclusion from busy London. In a word, it’s paradise.
Whilst Sam and I were strolling around taking silly snaps, I heard my name shouted from the other side of the garden. And since Sam had the camera at the time, he captured the moment in a hilarious creepy paparazzi way.  It was a fellow student from the drama school that I attended, who took the afternoon to do some work in the park (aka read ‘Game of Thrones’ outside). It just goes to show that you’ll always run into someone you know in Central London!
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
London skyline from the outer circle of Regent’s Park. I spy the BT Tower.
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Gates to the inner circle of the park.
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
The sight that greets you upon first walking in to the rose garden.
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Some of the rose names really made me giggle!
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
You’ll always see someone you know somewhere in London! Especially excitable Americans!
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Dress: Michael Kors. Bag: Longchamp Le Pliage. Sunglasses: Rayban. Shoes: Coach

Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)
Catching some sun by a tiny waterfall.
Queen Mary's Gardens (Regent's Park, London)

Sam relaxing amongst the daisies. 
The best time to catch all the roses in bloom is within the first two weeks of June.
Have you been to Queen Mary’s Gardens? 

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  • Those roses are beautiful! I am the same, if the weather is decent I would rather be outside!

    • I love being in the city but I need a lot of nature in my life at the same time. Its a dilemma! x

  • Gorgeous photos, it’s so hard to pick a favorite. This is my kinda way to spend an afternoon!

    • For some reason, this day really made me nostalgic for being a kid again and the excitement of summer! There was nothing like it then. xx

  • Gorg! Didn’t know this place existed in London!

    • You have to go! I know the best time for the roses is right now, but I’ve gone at the end of August before and they were still pretty stunning! xx

  • The Starving Inspired

    How absolutely stunning… If only I had the space for a garden like that…

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  • Absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never been to Regent’s Park, but it’s now on the must-see list when I go back to London (possibly next March!!!!). And how funny that, in a city of 11 million people, you ran into someone you knew!

    • It’s crazy! I think people who live in London have a 50% chance of running into someone they know. Seriously. It’s so strange! x

  • I bet the gardens smelled absolutely amazing. I started a garden in the last year around my house and more and more I just want to plant roses everywhere. They make the air smell so sweet!

    • So true! And some smelled a lot more fragrant than others. The annick roses were particularly beautiful smelling. x

  • Oh my gosh, so gorgeous. I love gardens and haven’t been to one in so long. The roses are so beautiful.

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  • Oh wow, I had never heard of this place! It looks amazing! At first, it reminded me of the gardens in Paris, but no this looks even better! πŸ™‚

    • I really wanted to go to the parc de bagatelle in Paris which is supposed to be incredible but I haven’t gotten then chance when I’ve been there in the past! x

  • Wow, what beautiful pictures- it definitely looks like a gorgeous location to spend the day!

  • That picture of you in the flowers is great!

  • This looks like such a lovely place to wander around, I love all of the bright colours!

  • Deep secret rose! lol, someone was reading too many spy novels.

  • What a beautiful park! How can anyone opt to stay indoors on a day like that when there is such a pretty park near by!

  • Oh, they even have a waterfall, how cool! Seems to be a beautiful place!!

  • I’m smelling another blog button photo. You with the roses in your sweet aviators.. I have a pretty similar photo of my mom like that. Sam sure captures some really great photos of you! Oh yeah, the garden is beautiful too πŸ˜‰

    • Hahah thank you! I have some good ones of him, but he won’t let me put them up. He has a strange 1 photo of him rule most of the time. (Unless I just put them in without asking first…) x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    We have the same shopper. I love mine. Fits everything!

    You’ve got to make the most of the sunny days with trips round rose filled gardens! Poifick!

    • They are so good for carrying anything! Whenever I have mine, I’m guaranteed to see at least 4 other women on the tube carrying them as well though. x

  • The sunshine this past weekend was INSANE. Glad you got to go out and enjoy it too! Such a pretty garden. I love how London has so many tucked away everywhere. x

  • ooh, the whole of regent’s park is definitely one of my favourite things about london! xx

  • Relaxing amongst the daisies! How picturesque and somehow…British haha. I’ve never even heard of this park but it’s gorgeous! And so sunny for London!

    • The weather has finally taken a turn for the best! I’d love it if it stayed that way! Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  • seriously, the world is a much smaller place than we think. Why do roses have such random names? And how can there be sooooo many different kinds? They all mostly look the same to me.

    • Hahaha, I feel the same way about roses. They’re really pretty but in my mind there are red, pink, white, etc. You know? x πŸ˜‰

  • I love this, I’ve always loved gardens, especially more natural looking ones. I think it is from reading The Secret Garden as a child.

    • I LOVED The Secret Garden! Sam’s from Yorkshire originally, so I’ve made him read me the passages that basically don’t sound like English before πŸ˜€ x

  • Oooh gorgeous photos! I love Regent’s Park so I’ll have to check out these beautiful roses while they’re still in bloom πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I think you only have one more week whilst they are at their “best” but I am sure they will still be beautiful later in the summer as well! x

  • Alliha Jonson

    Queen Mary’s Gardens is a
    fabulous place for visiting. It is a world famous garden. It has the largest
    collection of roses. You can see their beautiful waterfall and very attractive
    bridge. I Visited it first time last year before boston
    to washington dc bus tours
    . I was amazed to see its beauty and wide
    range of roses. All the flowers were very charming and very different from each
    other. Your breathtaking pictures are reminding me my visit of this park. I
    have a great wish to go there again.