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Victoria Embankment Gardens, London

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  • This vibrant public park along the Victoria Embankment provides a welcome retreat from the bustling street. It is also a popular space for lunchtime workers to relax. With nice green lawns, lovely flo...  more »
  • The Gardens are in two parts, stretching from Big Ben to the boundary of the Cities of Westminster and London, along the Victoria Embankment. Within the Gardens are many hidden surprises as well as se...  more »
  • This park is very well kept. There are paths and benches too. Near the palace and the river Thames. Loved to spend some time here.  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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