If I could get over myself about using “Secret Garden” or “Hidden Gem” this post would be done already, but I keep thinking there’s some way around that. Anyway, just wandering around the Regent’s Park without much expectations, a little overwhelmed by the roses, and there was a passageway leading off to the right, beckoning me to see what’s down there? A lovely garden with beautiful plantings and a fountain and sculptures and benches tucked in bowers like outdoor rooms. Very peaceful and restful. It made me wish for a book to sit and read.
The lodge was built in 1818. The Royal Parks service describes it and The Holme as the only two villas remaining from John Nash’s original conception of Regent’s Park, which would have included a royal palace, as well as many large villas. It was first occupied as a private residence, then used as a hospital during the First World War, then by educational institutions before becoming a private residence again. The gardens have been open to the public since 1928.