I’ve been thinking a lot about my time in London recently. One of my favorite things about London was living in Regent’s Park. I got the opportunity to study abroad at Regent’s University which is located inside Regent’s Park. I opted to live in the dorms which turned into the most amazing experience. Three of my friends were right down the hall from me and it was a lot of fun!
Regent’s University is right off of Baker Street (as in, where Sherlock Holmes lived) and is located very close to the Baker Street tube station. Regent’s Park was an amazing place to live. It’s a royal park so technically the Queen was my landlady.
I loved experiencing the different seasons in Regent’s. The park is full of beautiful roses, gardens, and even a waterfall. I never ran out of things to do and see there. I loved just walking around with my friends, talking, or going for a picnic. I miss those carefree days.
Primrose Hill quickly turned into one of my favorite spots in the park. It was about a 20 minute walk from my dorm but well worth it for the views of London. My friends and I would pack a picnic and sit on the hill overlooking London for hours. We would talk and laugh and I remember feeling so happy.
Some parts of me wonder if I will ever be that carefree and happy again. My life here is so much different than my life in London and I am so different too. That’s the funny thing about travel. The more you travel, the more you change. It’s hard to visit somewhere new, learn a new culture and way of life, and not to have some part of you change. I’m thankful that London opened my eyes to a new way of life, a happier way of life.
Inside Regent’s University is the “Secret Garden” that only students and staff have access to. Regent’s is a very safe school and only people with Regent’s University swipe cards have access to enter through the gates. I could see the Secret Garden entrance from my dorm room window. It’s so beautiful and full of flowers and plants from all over the world.
I think Regent’s Park is one of my favorite places in London because it reminds me of who I shared my time in London with. My best friends, the girls I met during orientation week who quickly became some of the most important people to me. I can’t imagine my life without having them by my side. They make me better and for that I am grateful. London is where we met, grew together, and eventually where we had to say goodbye.
If you are ever in London you should take a quick tube ride to Baker Street. You should get off the tube and walk to Regent’s Park and wander around. You should visit Queen Mary’s Gardens and read all of the different rose names. This is what I would do if I had the chance to visit London again.