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Victoria Park Area Info

Victoria Park Area Info

Victoria Park forms part of the London Borough of Hackney to the North and Tower Hamlets to the South. To the North is Victoria Park Village, one of the areas biggest attractions. Bursting with independent bars, restaurants and boutiques local residents have become dependent on the business' lining Lauriston and Victoria Park Road including the award winning Ginger Pig's butchers, Bill Hall's green grocers and Jonathan Norris's fish mongers. The demographic of residents are mix of original east enders, City and Canary Wharf finance professionals and families drawn to the area by the excellent period housing stock, the park and excellent schools. The fashion designer Alexander McQueen owned a large house on Cadogan Terrace, since his death the house has been sold and is now thought to be owned by Tinie Temper the rap artist.

Things To Do In Victoria Park

The obvious choice is the park itself, great for those that like to keep fit or relax in the sun. If you are feeling energetic you can join the tow path of the Regents Canal and travel to Islington in one direction or Limehouse in the other.

If you don't fancy cooking head over to The Royal Inn On The Park which has a great terrace and is rightly packed for the very good Sunday lunch. The Lauriston has DJs and excellent pizzas. The Empress Of India is a fantastic restaurant, serving meat from the award-winning Ginger Pig butchers across the road and the Fish House is great for good old-fashioned fish and chips!

Coffees and cakes are at Elbows Cafe, the lovely Amandine Café and Loafing; excellent Vietnamese can be had at Namo; Su Sazzagoni has traditional Sardinian food; Bottle Apostle excellent wines; The Deli Downstairs is great for fresh bread, cheese and hand made pies; while Haus and the new Chase & Sorensen make sure your own home is tastefully decorated and furnished.

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History of Victoria Park

Originally a Royal Park which became municipal in 1887, Victoria Park or Vicky Park as its known to some is one of London's oldest public parks, visited by millions for nearly 175 years. It was opened to the public in 1845 after a local MP presented Queen Victoria with a petition of 30,000 signatures. The aim was to make it a kind of Regent's Park for the east and it originally had its own Speakers' Corner. Considered as the finest park in East London, it is bounded on two sides by canals: the Regent's Canal lies to the west, while its branch, once known as the Hertford Union Canal runs along the Southern edge of the park. The main entrance gates at Sewardstone Road has replica statues of the Dogs of Alcibiades, the originals of which stood here from 1912 to 2009 until vandalism led to their being removed, restored and rehoused elsewhere in the Park. Two pedestrian alcoves, surviving fragments of the old London Bridge, demolished in 1831, are located at the east end of the park near the Hackney Wick war memorial where they were placed in 1860. They were part of the 1760 refurbishment of the 600 year old bridge, by Sir Robert Taylor and George Dance the Younger, and provided protection for pedestrians on the narrow carriageway. The insignia of the Bridge Association can be seen inside these alcoves. The alcoves have been Grade II listed, since 1951.

In the latter half of the 19th Century, Victoria Park became an essential amenity for the working classes of the East End. For some East End children in the 1880s, this may have been the only large stretch of uninterrupted greenery they ever encountered. Facilities like the Bathing Pond later transformed by a lido, would have introduced many to swimming in an era when many public baths were still only communal washing facilities.

The Lido opened in 1936 and reopened in 1952 following damage during the Second World War, it was closed in 1986 and demolished in 1990.

During the Second World War, Victoria Park was largely closed to the public and effectively became one huge anti-aircraft site. The gun emplacements conveniently straddled the path of German Luftwaffe bombers looping north west after attacking the docks and warehouses further south in what is now Tower Hamlets, and so the park was of some strategic importance.

Fast forward to today and the park is enjoyed by cyclists, joggers, dog walkers and families. In the summer music festivals such as Love Box attracts thousands of revellers in one weekend, whilst Nike's 'We Own The Night' an all female 10k night race is another popular fixture.

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