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Regent Street

Regent Street was one of the world’s first glamorous shopping streets, pre-dating both Paris’s Champs Elysées and New York’s Fifth Avenue. Named after the then Prince Regent, later George IV, it was built by John Nash as part of a ceremonial route from the prince’s residence at Carlton House to Regent's Park. In the 1920s, Nash's buildings were replaced by larger ones designed by architect Reginald Blomfield. The only surviving original Nash building is All Soul's Church. The famous Regent Street Christmas lights are a relatively new tradition, beginning in 1948.

One of its more unusual landmarks is a green plaque at number 130, commemorating Lord Stanley. In 1892, during his stint as Governor General of Canada, he established the country’s Stanley Cup ice hockey tournament, and commissioned the trophy from Regent Street silversmith GH Collis.

Despite being a public street, Regent Street actually belongs to the Crown Estate.

Photo: The Renaissance Chambara blog

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It is the quintessential English street, it is a standard for quality and excellence across the globe. Most of the world's most eminent retailers are represented there. Regent Street has been the centre for so many of our national celebrations, is a symbol of London worldwide, and an emblem of our celebrations at Christmas. Who can name any other street in the world with as famous Christmas lights?

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