Regent Street curves majestically away from Piccadilly Circus joining to Oxford Circus.It is one of the most famous shopping centres in London's West End.The street was originally created as part of John Nash's town plan in 1811 and was named after the then-Prince Regent.
From the beginning Regent Street was known for its fashionable,luxurious shops and some of London's most famous stores,
including Liberty and Hamleys can still be found there.
Places of prominence :
All Souls Church is the only surviving building in Regent Street that was designed by John Nash.
The BBC's headquarters are in Broadcasting House, whose front entrance is in Langham Place, marking the top end of Regent Street.
Hamleys - Until the 1990s it was the world's largest toy store (now Toys "R" Us, in New York).
Liberty is long-established department store , luxury accessories brand which draws on Liberty's heritage.
Regent Street is one of the first planned developments of London.By the end of the 19th century, fashions in shopping had changed and the original buildings were unsuitable for their purpose.AS we see today it is the result of this redevelopment.Regent Street is an example of the Beaux Arts approach to urban design: an assembly ofseparate buildings on a grand scale, designed to harmonise and produce an impressive overall effect. Strict rules were put in place to govern the reconstruction.
It is well known to tourists and Londoners and famous for its Christmas illuminations and the annual Regent Street Festival.
The Café Royal became an institution of London high society. Closed in December 2008, as part of Crown Estate plans to redevelop this part of Regent Street.Embarking on a £500m redevelopment to open up the southern end of Regent Street and create 44,000 sq ft of new open space. After Trafalgar Square, it will be the biggest new open space in central London for 30 years.The inside of the building will be converted into a hotel run by an Israeli company, Alrov. It is expected to be finished in time to take guests visiting London for the 2012 Olympics.