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PrayerWalk London: A Peek at the Manuscript

27 March 2011

(This excerpt covers the walk from Regent’s Park underground station to St. Marylebone Parish Church; next excerpts will cover London Mosque to Queen Mary’s Gardens to complete the walk. Click here for Walk 5 key facts, highlights, and summary of area.)


Step out of Regent’s Park underground station and follow signs to Marylebone Road and Harley Street. Once at street level, take time to admire John Nash’s elegant semicircular terraced houses.

1. Park Crescent

These dramatically curving flats with stucco facades were designed by famous architect John Nash and completed in 1821. There are situated on the north end of Great Portland Street, just across busy Marylebone Road from Park Square and its gardens. Supposedly there is a “Nursemaid’s Tunnel” linking Park Crescent with Park Square Gardens. Park Crescent is now home of the International Students House.

Did You Know? A crescent is an architectural structure where a number of houses are laid out in an arc or semicircular shape. One of the most beautiful examples is Royal Crescent in Bath, England.

Continue walking west along Marylebone Road. You’ll soon come to Harley Street, renowned for its association with eminent medical specialists since the 19th century.

Prayer Points — Harley Street

Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

  • Pray for the more than 3,000 people employed in the Harley Street area in clinics, medical and paramedical practices, medical schools, and hospitals such as the London Clinic.
  • Pray that doctors and nurses will not rely on medicine and science alone but will trust in the Great Physician.
  • Praise God for the progress of medical science and of modern medicine that has contributed to a better quality of living and longer life expectancy than at any time in the past.
  • Pray for miracles of healing that defy explanation and can only be attributed to divine intervention.

Did You Know? Lionel Logue, who cured King George VI of a pronounced stuttering problem, practiced in Harley Street. He is portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the Academy Award- winning movie The King’s Speech.

If Time Permits: Madame Tussaud’s

Church where the Brownings married

Visitor Information. Baker Street. Open Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Dec. 25. Cost £25-£40. Advanced booking recommended. Tel. 0870 400 3000.

You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the massive crowds lining the streets, waiting to get in. This most popular London attraction houses over 400 waxwork models of famous people — from religious figures to royal family members to movie stars — arranged in exhibits titled Blush, Premiere Night, World Stage, Chamber Live, Spider-Man, Spirit of London, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Allow a couple of hours in order to get your money’s worth. Skip unless you have teenage children who feel their lives will be incomplete if they don’t visit.

Continue walking west down Marylebone Road until you see St. Marylebone Parish Church, where Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett were married in 1846. Until her elopement, Elizabeth had lived just a few streets away in her family home at 50 Wimpole Street. Cross Marylebone Road toward York Gate street. Take a left when you reach the Outer Circle of the Regent’s Park, and continue walking.

PrayerWalk London: “Parks & Recreation” Highlights

5 March 2011

Walk 5

Parks & Recreation: Regent’s Park and Marylebone

Summary of Area

Have you ever wondered what Londoners do in their free time (besides going to pubs)? Uncover the secrets of “London at rest,” as you wind your way along a scenic canal dotted with picturesque houseboats, enjoy spectacular views from one of the highest hills in London, amble through the king’s former hunting grounds, discover a garden with over 400 varieties of roses, and wind down in a street voted “Best Street in London” by listeners of the BBC.

Key Facts

Boating Lake, Regent's Park

  • Starting Point: Park Crescent  (Station: Regent’s Park)
  • Finishing Point: Marylebone High Street (Station: Baker Street)
  • Days to Avoid: Rainy days — but seeing as this is London, grab an umbrella and head out anyway
  • Best Day: Sunday
  • Length of Walk: 2 miles
  • Time Needed: 60-90 minutes

Walk Highlights*

1. Park Crescent. Dramatically curving set of “flats” designed by architect John Nash in 1821.

2. Regent’s Canal. Picturesque, houseboat-dotted canal built in 1820 that stretches eight miles from Little Venice to the Docklands.

3. Primrose Hill. 256 ft-high hill with unbroken skyline views of central London. Surrounding area often associated with the superstars who live there.

4. Regent’s Park. Designed by John Nash in 1812 as a royal park. Bounded by Regent’s Canal to the north and surrounded by terraces and villas.

5. Queen Mary’s Gardens. Described as England’s largest and best rose garden and located in an area of Regent’s Park formerly used as a botanical garden.

6. Marylebone High Street. Quiet shopping street lined with restaurants, boutiques and cafés.

*As mentioned in my previous blog, this manuscript is a work in progress. Each highlight above currently links to Internet sites providing general information. Eventually they will link to sections of PrayerWalk London.