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Regent Street is the great showpiece thoroughfare of London. Cutting an elegant swathe from St James's Park in the south to Regent's Park in the north, it is one of the city's most important urban developments and completely transformed the West End.
Carved out at the start of the 19th century by the city's great architect-planner John Nash it was championed by George IV as the premier street of Europe and is one of London's greatest exercises in refined retail real estate. Once lined with a picturesque array of stucco clad parades and colonnades, it was completely rebuilt and recast in Portland Stone during the 1900s to match the scale and ambition of a new century - a project still underway in the 1920s.
From palaces and Regency rendezvous to facades, arcades, terraces and hinterlands, this walk charts the making and RE-making of Regent Street from its 19th century origins to its 21st century role in the life of the contemporary city.
DEPARTS - Foot of The Duke of York Steps, on the Mall at St James's Park.
A walk led by The London Ambler - Mike Althorpe