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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 Cadogan 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 come to this spot every year for the fireworks - for us, it gives a balanced, symmetrical view of the display, based around the Millennium Eye. Well worth the ticket cost...  more »
  • Stretching from Big Ben to Blackfriars, the Victoria Embankment holds many delights, many amongst its own Gardens (in 2 parts) and Middle Temple Gardens, There are several Memorials (Battle of Britain...  more »
  • There's a lot here to see and do. Places to eat. Views to take in. Big Ben, the Thames river, Palace of Westminster...  more »
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  • Hidden gem of a park. In summer, it's beautifully magnified in quite a traditional way and almost free of tourists, though popular with office workers at lunchtime. If you're around Strand / Covent Garden during the spring and summer months, it's worth a detour to visit.
  • I love this place because I have the most amazing picture with my partner there. And it's relaxing and a bit of an oasis in the middle of the city.
  • Small but well presented gardens. Several statues, a cafe also selling some alcoholic drinks and a table tennis table.
  • Right beside Embankment underground station, at the south end of Charing Cross railway station is this area of parkland with grass and benches to sit and relax in - on a sunny day, the local office workers will converge on the area to have their lunch and smoke/vape breaks, so space may be harder to come by at these times - there is also a ping pong table here - fun to play or watch others play (or try to!).
  • Great small gardens with wonderful views of south london. Several statues provide a good bit of history.