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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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  • Very nice place in the near middle of the city. Often crawling with tourists, but with an unbelievable amount of benches - you can find a seat. Has a nice open feeling.
  • Nice little park on the north bank of the river. The place can be quite crowded during lunch hours on weekdays. During the summer there are free concerts during the day at the western end if the park, where the band stand is. Buy your food in a nearby shop and enjoy the music by sitting on the grass.
  • Hidden spot of peace in the middle of the town. Nice little café too.
  • Symbol of the change of season. You can get immersed in nature with it's idyllic atmosphere. Lovely.
  • The last time I walked through here was some time in the 1980s before the internets was common knowledge. It was pleasant and relaxed and all that, but somehow a bit dull. This time, thirty odd years later, I had the benefit of wikipedia and it was a very different experience. It turns out that all those odd people commemorated in Victorian monuments in this garden are kind of interesting in a, "that's a remarkably big chunk of stone to commemorate someone who doesn't seem to have done THAT much in their lives apart from be an awfully nice chap who was good at rifle shooting and rowing" kind of way. What I did find, on looking up the names on the monuments, was lots of interesting info on other people affected by the commemorees (that's an old word I just made up, but you get the idea). For instance, the aforementioned "awfully good at rifle shooting and rowing" chap mentioned above, was responsible for the court-martial of the first German spy to be executed in the 1914 war. And a fascinating story it is too. Look him up, Carl Hans Lody. A strange and fascinating tale of over-excited newspapers and strange British feelings of fair play and gentlemanly conduct. Which, sadly, did not really survive the yet-to-come slaughter of Flanders... I was very pleasantly surprised to find the gardens were full of people relaxing, chilling and chatting. Not a single drunk or shouty person to be seen. A very relaxing and interesting stroll through a leafy corner of the city.

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