The History of Regent Street

Learn more about London’s most iconic street

Named after the Prince Regent, the street was built in 1819 under the direction of architect John Nash and its Grade II listed facades represent some of the most distinguished architecture in London.

When built, Regent Street was the original purpose-built shopping street for the capital and over 200 years it has grown into a world-renowned destination that curates year-round memorable experiences that go beyond the world-class shopping. Its programme of events are globally recognised and include Summer Streets, Fashion and Design Month in September, and the switch-on of its iconic Christmas lights in November.

2019 marks a monumental year for Regent Street as it celebrates 200 years since it was named in 1819.  The street has continually evolved during these 200 years, taking inspiration from the heritage of past whilst always looking forward to an exciting future.

Regent Street’s Regency buildings today are home to world-class flagship stores including Tory BurchBurberryCoachKate Spade, and J. Crew, while tucked away in Regent Street’s neighbouring side streets are award-winning restaurants such as the Arakitibits, and Sabor. Wellness experiences can be found across the street, in the likes of Kiehl’s and DryBy, as well as Psycle and Rapha

Surrounded by diverse interlacing smaller streets including the wellness hub found on Mortimer Street, foodie havens Princes Street and Heddon Street, Regent Street offers all visitors an unmatched array of pioneering global names and independent brands. Regent Street is also a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, the theatre district, Soho and Covent Garden – making it a real hub for those working in the area, visitors  and those seeking a variety of things to see and do in London with family and friends.

 

REGENT STREET IN CENTRAL LONDON

Regent Street is considered an unmissable destination in central London. Its position in the heart of London means that Regent Street is just a stone’s throw away from other vibrant destinations, including Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Soho and Covent Garden, as well as the nearby open spaces of Green Park. For those seeking culture the theatre district and London’s Chinatown are within short walking distance, and there is always plenty to see and do in Regent Street and beyond.

To plan your visit and find out about upcoming events, head here or follow @regentstreetw1 on social media.

 

 

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