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Battersea Park, London

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Battersea Park is a 200 acre green space at Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth in London. It is situated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea, and was opened in 1858.The park occupies marshland reclaimed from the Thames and land formerly used for market gardens.HistoryPrior to 1846 the area now covered by the park was known as Battersea fields, a popular spot for duelling. On 21 March 1829, the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchilsea met on Battersea fields to settle a matter of honour. When it came time to fire, the Duke aimed his duelling pistol wide and Winchilsea fired his into the air. Winchilsea later wrote the Duke a groveling apology.Separated from the river by a narrow raised causeway, the fields consisted of low, fertile marshes intersected by streams and ditches with the chief crops being carrots, melons, lavender (all the way up to Lavender Hill) and the famous ‘Battersea Bunches’ of asparagus.Running along the riverside from the fields were industrial concerns and wharves, including a pottery, copper works, lime kiln, chemical works, and, increasingly, railways. The site of Battersea Power Station was partly occupied by the famously bawdy Red House Tavern, patronised by Charles Dickens. Access was via the rickety wooden Battersea Bridge or by ferry from the Chelsea bank.
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  • Close to Battersea power station this park takes you away from the noise and traffic and has a small zoo and gardens. Ideal for a run, dog walk or just relax and watch the city wildlife from close ran...  more »
  • I visited the park on Sunday, with my partner and three children eight, five, nine months. Of course with it being a London Park it was full of people running. However there was loads of space For eve...  more »
  • Great walk along the Thames through the park. Some interesting bridges and a wonderful pagoda. Inland there are lakes, a children's zoo and a wonderful cafe. 
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  • Best park in London. Peaceful areas and fresh scents, also lively where you want it to be with pets and families. Plenty of sports facilities, open space, and things to see. Love it.
  • My favourite park in London. Very peaceful and less full of tourists than other London parks. The lake is beautiful and the fountains are fun. Also has good sports facilities.
  • Nice place for a walk or a run. You can play mini golf, the children have an amazing play area and the Go Ape seems fun.
  • I live nearby, so I come here often after work to walk. I am still finding hidden paths and little places I did not realised where there before every day. Absolutely love it. Plus, a Peace Pagoda is not your everyday find around London, but there is one here!
  • Not the biggest nor the most beautiful park in London, but still one of the best. The sub tropical garden zone is interesting but there are plenty of other nice sites around. For me the best feature of this garden is that you seem do find something new in some previously unseen corner every time you go there, even after going there for some time. There is a giant Pagoda which should be on the must see list for any first time visitors.