Regent’s Park Station first opened on 10th March 1906 on the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway, the same day as the line itself. It is one of those rare tube stations that have no buildings above ground. The tiled walls, wood panelling by the lifts and traditional lights hanging from the ceiling all give the subterranean ticket hall a suitably heritage feel.
Due to the fact it has no presence above ground and is in an area well served by other tube stops, I’ve always found Regent’s Park to be somewhat of a forgotten station. I think part of this perception comes from the fact that when I first moved to London in September 2006, it was shut for the best part of a year for an upgrade to the lifts.
It is the first station I have visited that is solely served by the Bakerloo Line. The Bakerloo is considered by some to be the tube network’s poor relation, thanks to its creaky old rolling stock. It is the last deep level line due to be upgraded as part of the current tube modernisation plan.
The Pub: The Masons Arms, 58 Devonshire Street, W1W 5EA
It’s a short and pleasant walk from the station to the pub. Head along Park Crescent with its impressive regency houses designed by John Nash to reach Portland Place. From there, head down along the road until turning east onto Devonshire Street, continuing on this road until you find The Masons Arms on the corner of Hallam Street.
On our visit, the pub was quite literally in full bloom, with countless hanging baskets decorating the exterior. The pub’s interior is pretty traditional, with an old wooden bar in the centre of the pub. The seating is mixed between high bar stools facing onto the windows and lower chairs dotted around a series of small tables. There are also a couple of tables outside the pub.
The walls are decorated with a host of photos of London tourist landmarks from days of yore. There is also a selection of paintings and photos of historic figures, including a rather large one of Sir Winston Churchill by the area we were sitting.There were plenty of small England flags up for the World Cup on our visit, I am sure they have long since been removed to the attic to be dusted off in two years time…
The ale selection was solid enough on our visit, with Greene King IPA, St Edmunds and Doombar all available. On the food front, the Masons has a Thai menu, although I didn’t get a chance to sample it myself.
While I found The Masons Arms pleasant enough, I’m not sure if I’ll be rushing back. Much like Regent’s Park Station itself, it is located between many other options!
(The pub has no website)