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Thames Barrier Park, London

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The Thames Barrier Park is a 14ha park in London's docklands, named after its location on the north side of the River Thames next to the Thames Barrier. It is intended to aid the regeneration of the area by creating an attractive public space alongside residential and commercial developments. It is adjacent to Pontoon Dock DLR station in the Silvertown area of the London Borough of Newham.Alain Provost of Groupe Signes with Patel Taylor won the international competition to design the park in 1995. As the first largely post-modern design in London, the park has a fresh modern look with adventurous planting and dancing water fountains.The site was built on what was one of the country's most polluted sites, the former PRChemicals factory. Decontaminating the site took many years and was done with painstaking precision.
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  • This is a real gem of a park, the grounds are really good and it is surprisingly peaceful, especially given how close it is to the city! 
  • A nice small park for a stroll or a picnic. The Thames Barrier itself is very unique to see at a close distance. 
  • If you are in the area it is a quiet place to have lunch with the Thames barrier in view. Visiting in December the gardens a little bare but that is just the time of the year, hopefully it would be fu...  more »
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  • Great place for a picnic, and especially welcoming for dog walkers. A lovely group of dog walkers on weekends at 10am walk together and then chat in the café. The park rangers are nice enough to allow friendly dogs to walk without a leash. Go on and join them, but make sure to clean up after your dog! Also great views of the river and there is a penned off children's playground as well. A scenic route on ground level where you can enjoy the blooms but dogs are not allowed there!
  • This must me one of my favourite places to check out when visiting London if you are interested in more than just "Big Ben" and Trafalgar Square. On the north bank of the river there is a park which is a good place for a picnic (there is also a caffe there), but for even better views I would recommend the view from the south bank. To cross the river you would need to either go east to Woolwich and take a ferry (free) or foot tunnel - or go west to O2 (on south side)/Trinity Buoy Wharf (on north side) to take a small boat (about £1/person)
  • Great little park for walking our lovely king charles cavalier... lots of other dog walkers and owners who are very friendly and a nice dog / puppy club on Saturday mornings combined with a coffee at the cafe... plus free parking !!
  • Nice little park with cafe. Next to Thames Barrier. Easy access via pontoon Dock Station. Free Car Parking at present for both able and disabled to enjoy the park. Although Planning permission has been submitted to build on the car park..
  • Beautifully well kept park, lots of space for a picnic. Directly over looks the Thames, some lovely flats nearby. Small children's play area with swings and slides available. Also a nice little cafe in the park BUT not much choice.