Named for the Prince Regent (later George IV), Regent Street is one of London’s main shopping streets. Built in the West End in 1825, it cut through the maze of smaller streets around it and was an example of early town planning – part of John Nash’s vision for a well laid-out London. It is a long
thoroughfare, beginning at Carlton House
in the south and running up to Langham Place. None of the original buildings except All Souls Church
survive, but they are all listed buildings and form the Regent Street Conservation Area. Today, Regent Street is home to several flagship high street shops, the BBC headquarters at Broadcasting House
toyshop and the iconic 1875 department store Liberty
, and its Christmas lights are a famous London tradition. The traditional Monopoly
board honours Regent Street as one of the more expensive green squares.