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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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  • August 7, 2017
    The embankment stretches from Westminster Bridge to Blackfriars. It is a lovely afternoon's walk. Whilst it can get busy it is broad enough that it never feels crowded. You get spectacular views of th...  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    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 »

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