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The Victoria Tower Gardens, London

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Victoria Tower Gardens is a public park along the north bank of the River Thames in London. As its name suggests, it is adjacent to the Victoria Tower, the south-western corner of the Palace of Westminster. The park, which extends southwards from the Palace to Lambeth Bridge, sandwiched between Millbank and the river, also forms part of the Thames Embankment.FeaturesThe park features: A cast of the sculpture The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin, purchased by the British government in 1911 and positioned in the gardens in 1915.A 1930 statue of the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst by Arthur George Walker, now entitled the Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst MemorialThe Buxton Memorial Fountain – originally constructed in Parliament Square, this was removed in 1940 and placed in its present position in 1957. It was commissioned by Charles Buxton MP to commemorate the abolition of slavery in 1834, dedicated to his father Thomas Fowell Buxton, and designed by Gothic architect Samuel Sanders Teulon (1812–1873) in 1865. A stone wall with two modern-style goats with kids – situated at the southern end of the Gardens. From 4 to 11 August 2014 the light installation spectra by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda was situated in the gardens to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
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  • A lovely piece of green space between Millbank and Parliament Square alongside the River Thames. popular with runners, it has a children's park and several statures/monuments.  more »
  • This garden area is at the opposite end of the Palace of Westminster to the famous Elizabeth Tower/Big Ben but is a calm space just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Parliament Square itself....  more »
  • The Park is located on the banks of the River Thames, next to the English Parliament ... a must for a slight rest and admire the lovely view and take pictures, the River Thames, from Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye.
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  • Lovely quiet place to come and sit, I came with a friend who I hadn't seen for years on a very sunny October afternoon. We grabbed a coffee from the kiosk (which also sold ice creams and sandwiches) and sat on the grass for probably an hour or so catching up. There are also toilets at 20p per go, which was handy, but very cramped.
  • Nice little park beside the Thames. Nice views.
  • My favourite park for lunch break. Smashing views of the Thames and Houses of Parliament. Not as popular with tourists so a little quieter than nearby St James Park/Green Park. A coffee kiosk has recently opened as well as public toilets. I've not visited the kiosk yet but being a tourist area it's more than likely over priced. Children's play area and plenty of seating.
  • Nice enough, but rammed with coach loads of other people milling around by the Houses of Parliament.
  • Beautiful area, benches to sit down on and great views around, very calm place where you can go to relax in which is rare in such a central place