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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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  • In all my time of visiting I haven't walked this route until this evening. It's not far from Vauxhall station heading over the river with views of the new Battersea Power Station developments on the l...  more »
  • This is the road that runs on the North side of the River Thames up to Westminster. Although a little noisy due to the traffic, it is a nice walk - there's lots to look at as you walk along the edge o...  more »
  • Nice place for a nice walk in the beautiful lovers part of London close to the Central Station Victoria Station!
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