As winter moves into spring, daffodils are blooming in London. Here is an image from Regent’s Park, taken on 29th February in this Leap Year.
To reach the park from my home, I need to cross the busy Marylebone Road. I have a few options, above ground and below ground. One of the subterranean routes became a little brighter this year. The underpass near Baker Street station is now “The Wonderpass”.
It’s still just a subway connecting the north side of Marylebone Road with the south side, but it’s cleaner, brighter and safer. If you’re running for a train at Baker Street station, then a safe crossing is all you need.
A miniature stage-set on one wall reminded me to book tickets for this summer’s plays at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Other wall panels give a timeline of Marylebone’s local history. Did you know that Marylebone was the site of London’s first Indian restaurant, the Hindostanee Coffee House, which opened on George Street in 1810?
The Coffee House is long gone, so if you’re looking for a modern version of Indian vegetarian food, I recommend Woodlands Restaurant on Marylebone Lane.
What else is signposted from the Wonderpass?
Paddington Street Gardens are not as vast as Regent’s Park, but they are still a precious “breathing space” in our densely-packed urban village.
If you want to read more about “The Wonderpass”, click here for the official announcement from the Baker Street Quarter Partnership, and click here for a more sceptical view from The New Statesman.
And wherever you are, Look Around You!