Slightly off the beaten track of the tourist routes, on the north bank of the Thames is a not often heard of garden; Victoria Embankment Gardens on the Victoria Embankment; an attractively set out garden, a haven of peace amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life in London.
A visit to these gardens is a delightful way to enjoy a few minutes away from the crowds, to relax on a bench, stroll along the pathways or investigate the many monuments and statues that dot the landscape.
Also, look out for the statue of the Scottish bard, Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns.
The embankment and gardens were named after Queen Victoria. On the opposite bank of the river is the Albert Embankment (aka South bank), which was named after Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.
At the side of the park is a gateway, built in the 1620′s on the edge of the Thames, to act as a gateway from the river, to the Duke of Buckingham’s property.
Since then the Victoria Embankment was built, so the river now passes over 300 feet away.
A leafy park at the best of times, the park is a beauty to behold in spring, a great place to stop and eat your lunch or enjoy an early morning cup of coffee away from the hustle and bustle at the little cafe. On summer evenings free concerts by amateur operatic societies are held in the park. There are a great number of interesting memorials
The gardens are fully fenced and have designated times when open. They open at 07:30 throughout the year, but close at varying times 16:30 during the coldest months and 21:30 at the height of summer. A place to be enjoyed when you visit London.
Nearest Underground (Tube) Station: Embankment