Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Clarence Gardens - London

Clarence Gardens near to Regents Park, London

This photo of Clarence Gardens in London is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of London. There are over 100 images taken from around London linked to an interactive map.

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Clarence Gardens is a square in the London Borough of Camden situated in the middle of the Regents Park Estate. This is a housing estate just north of the Euston Road and very close to Regents Park. You may ask why such an obscure place is being photographed and listed here and on Panoramic Earth. The answer is simple – it is where I was living at the time I was taking panoramic images of London!

Regents Park Estate is about 40 years old, built to provide social housing needs for the borough. During the Thatcher government, people were encouraged to but their own council flats and now a growing proportion of the flats in the area are privately owned. In spite of this not being the most picturesque area, the properties here are not cheap because of the location.

The location of the Regents Park Estate is ideal for living in London. Regents Park itself is only a couple of minutes walk away. The nearby tube stations are so many that it is almost easier to list the tube lines not within a 5 minute walk of the estate. Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street, Great Portland Street, Regents Park and Mornington Crescent are all within easy walking distance.

Within walking distance of Clarence Gardens are a great many of very popular places in London. Oxford Street, Soho and the West End are all about 20-30 minutes walk south. The British Museum and the British Library are about 20 minutes away, as to is Baker Street on the other side of Regents Square, and Camden Town to the north.

Clarence Gardens is not a place to go out of your way to visit, but at least you now know why I chose to write about it.

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The full panoramic image of Clarence Gardens can be found on the London tour by PanoramicEarth.com. An enlargement of this photo can be found on Flickr.

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