Dortmund train in Regent's Park before Arsenal game

Dortmund train in Regent's Park
Dortmund players were pictured training in Regent's Park on Twitter

One of London's most popular attractions, surrounded by multimillion pound properties and home to London Zoo, Regent's Park daily welcomes a colourful assortment of tourists, joggers and dog-walkers.

With its 100 acres of public sports facilities, it also sees its fair share of recreational football players.

But Londoners stumbled on an altogether more elite kick-about on a murky Wednesday morning as the royal park's pitches hosted a spectacle as exotic as many in the adjacent animal enclosures.

German giants Borussia Dortmund - whose squad includes World Cup winner Mats Hummels - decided to prepare for their Champions League match against Arsenal with a "pre-warm-up" training session on turf distinctly less manicured than they are used to.

Pictures of the session - on a pitch more commonly used to host matches in the Camden and Regent's Park Sunday league - were posted by surprised onlookers on Twitter.

Dortmund, who also posted photos, have already qualified for the Champions League last 16, but can secure top spot in Group D with a win at the Emirates. The German side have 12 points from four games, five more than second-placed Arsenal.

They are two points off the bottom of the Bundesliga table after a poor start to their domestic campaign.

Dortmund train in Regent's Park
Dortmund are five points clear of Arsenal with two games left to play in Group D
Dortmund train in Regent's Park
Coach Jurgen Klopp led the side in what Dortmund called a "pre-warm-up" training session in the park
Dortmund train in Regent's Park
The Regent's Park pitches are more commonly used to host matches in the Camden and Regent's Park Sunday league

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