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Regent Street
Regent Street is a testament to the genius of architect John Nash. It was an extremely complex task; to build a major new artery from Marlybone Park (now Regents Park) to Carlton House, through a densely populated area that had dozens of different owners. It was a necessary route to alleviate traffic and also upgrade London to the level of a European capital. The were many problems with funding, opposing factions, and also the southern end would have to swerve east to avoid St. James. Against these adverse and changing conditions Nash managed to create a unified street of straight and curves with two magnificent circles and the main intersections of Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus. The crowing feature was a covered colonnaded stretch on the southern curve called the Quadrant. Unfortunately the Quadrant was dismantled and Piccadilly Circus largely destroyed. Despite all of that Regent Street remains a street of the world and is a joy to walk down and browse in its good quality shops.

Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines-
Oxford Circus
Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines

Regent Street Picture

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