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Victoria Embankment, London
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Victoria Embankment is part of the Thames Embankment, a road and river-walk along the north bank of the River Thames in London. It runs from the Palace of Westminster to Blackfriars Bridge in the City of London.As well as being a major thoroughfare for road traffic between the City of Westminster and the City of London, it is noted for several memorials, such as the Battle of Britain Monument, permanently berthed retired vessels, such as HMS President, and public gardens, including Victoria Embankment Gardens.HistoryConstructionThe Victoria Embankment's construction started in 1865 and was completed in 1870 under the direction of Joseph Bazalgette. It was part of a three part work, the other two parts being the Albert Embankment, from the Lambeth end of Westminster Bridge to Vauxhall; and the Chelsea Embankment, extending from Millbank to the Cadogen Pier at Chelsea, close by Battersea Bridge. It was a project of the Metropolitan Board of Works. The contractor for the work was Thomas Brassey. The original impetus was the need to provide London with a modern sewerage system. Another major consideration was the relief of congestion on the Strand and Fleet Street.
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  • We started our walk from Parliament House to Victoria Embankment. It was a sunny afternoon and the view of London Eye was a perfect background for our pictures. We kept on walking till Cleopatra's Nee...  more »
  • What a lovely walk alongside the Thames - even in that short distance you can see so many iconic landmarks. Start at Waterloo bridge and take photos as you go all the way up to Big Ben. 
  • Nice walk back to Westminster area, fairly quiet on a Sunday afternoon with views along the river. Looking up and away from the river there are interesting quirks on the skyline arcitechture.