The Victoria Tower Gardens

The Victoria Tower Gardens, London: Hours, Address, The Victoria Tower Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

The Victoria Tower Gardens
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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The area
Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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Very good

United Kingdom920 contributions
Surprisingly quiet
Sep. 2021 • Solo
Somehow I've never seen this little place, tucked between the river and Parliament. Its a wonderful little garden with nice views. It was surprisingly quiet when I was there, I imagine it must usually be quite crowded.
Written 20 September 2021
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Dublin, Ireland15,801 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Solo
Sitting on the banks of the Thames and just beside the Houses of Parliament these gardens have a nice calm area to relax with some monuments and statutes.
Written 25 August 2021
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London, UK11,055 contributions
Playground and sculpture park in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament
May 2021 • Solo
Victoria Tower Gardens is a tranquil mainly grassy enclosure between the Palace of Westminster, Millbank and Lambeth Bridge. It varies the adjective ‘south’ presumably to mark its location south of the Houses of Parliament rather than to distinguish it from any section following a different point of the compass because no such section exists. Lambeth Bridge itself divides the main section of the gardens from a slither petering out at the point Millbank joins the riverbank. It if only the main section which contains a children’s playground, a Victorian water fountain commemorating the work of an anti-slavery MP and campaigner, a cast of Rodin’s Burghers of Calais now atop a new concrete plinth and a bronze statue of Emmeline Pankhurst.
Written 20 June 2021
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Brian T
London, UK4,261 contributions
Not much of a garden, but some unique views from it!
Mar. 2021
Victoria Tower Gardens is a small pocket of green space in the heart of Westminster, between the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, Millbank and Lambeth Bridge.
It’s more a green open space than a garden, and I think the best things about it are the lovely views it affords of the mellow Victoria Tower (the south-western corner of the Palace of Westminster) and up, down and across the River Thames. I particularly like the view (through the trees) downstream, of the Westminster Bridge and the London Eye. You can sit awhile by the river, on seats that are on raised platforms to allow you to take in the beautiful views as you rest. And for those reasons it’s worth your while straying from the tourist mayhem on the Big Ben side of the Houses of Parliament to get these unique views.

As you wander through the park, look out for a number of memorials celebrating freedom. There’s the wonderfully ornate Buxton Memorial Fountain which marks the abolition of slavery and commemorates the work of MP Thomas Fowell Buxton. The fountain was originally constructed in Parliament Square, but was removed in 1940 and placed in its present position in 1957. It was commissioned by Charles Buxton MP to commemorate the abolition of slavery in 1834, dedicated to his father Thomas Fowell Buxton, and designed by Gothic architect Samuel Sanders Teulon in 1865.

Towards the Victoria Tower you’ll see a cast of the sculpture ‘The Burghers of Calais’, by the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. It represents the idea of freedom from oppression and tells the story of the siege of Calais in 1347, during the Hundred Years War. It was purchased by the British government in 1911 and positioned in the gardens in 1915.

Just by the entrance to the garden by the Victoria Tower you will see a statue of the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. It’s by Arthur George Walker, and was unveiled in 1930. It’s entitled the ‘Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst Memorial’. This of course is the memorial to Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the suffragettes who campaigned for women's right to vote. Christabel was Emmeline’s daughter, and the bronze reliefs commentating her life were added in 1958.

For the children the Horseferry Playground towards the Lambeth Bridge end of the park is a pleasant spot; it includes a sandpit, dance chimes and a water play feature.

The park has not been without some controversy. It has been selected as the site for a Holocaust Memorial, with some local opposition to that proposal.

It won’t take you long to visit the park, but do so as it will give you perspectives of the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames which are different to what the tourist hordes usually see.
Written 4 March 2021
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo844 contributions
Magnificent Westminster Spot
Jan. 2020 • Family
Victoria Gardens is an attractive green space nestled magnificently at the western end of the Palace of Westminster and running up to Lambeth Bridge. It is a beautiful spot on the Thames and arguably one of the most impressive places in the country to have a playground

The Gardens were created around 1870 as part of the embankment of the Thames. The later additions of statues, monuments, and a playground give the space a sense of identity beyond just being a remarkable location to gaze out over the river.

The area is largely grass so is a location made simple to lounge on. Equally the benches in front of the river are decent spots to rest with. They are likely quite busy at peak season given several benches become occupied at peak times during winter.

The view is terrific. The western wing of the Palace is beautiful. The Thames is impressive and the various structures on the southern bank include Lambeth Palace up to the London Eye. This is a truly special part of the city.

The monuments are intruiging and each carries a brief descriptor. The statue of Emmeline Pankhurst is magnificent and rightly sits in the shadow of Parliament. The Rodin sculpture of the Burghers of Calais is a striking artwork but why it exists in this location is completely unexplained. The Buxton Memorial Fountain appears to be some kind of Neo-Gothic structure speaking to religion and politics in an historical moment but is actually a celebration of the emancipation of slaves.

These pieces adorn the Gardens and add quite a bit of character if not always clarity. Another wall with goat sculptures offers a bit of a break in the panorama.

Beyond the wall is a moderately sized children's playground. It is a lovely play space and not too busy. The ground is nice and soft. The various play areas are for younger children and there is nothing particularly challenging here. Swings, a small slide, a ground level wobbly bridge, sand pit etc are nice for the youngest of play enthusiasts.

The backdrop is so magnificent that this playground has to be one of the most impressive in the UK just for the environment. While it probably won't interest older children the youngest can enjoy freely while the adults marvel at this stunning part of London.
Written 2 February 2020
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Nice gardens, wonderful setting
Jan. 2020 • Solo
This is a welcome green space with the benefit of the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament on one side and the River Thames on another. It was created between 1864 and 1870 as part of Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s ambitious project that created a London’s first modern sewerage system. There are a number of monuments in the gardens: a memorial to the Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, a wonderful bronze cast of Rodin’s masterpiece The Burghers of Calais and the colourful Buxton Memorial Fountain, which commemorates a prominent anti-slavery campaigner. Well worth visiting and spending time here.
Written 13 January 2020
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Whitstable, UK667 contributions
Nice space, nice view
Jan. 2020
Worth finding and with benches with a good view. Less crowded than other Thames side locations. Small kids play area and a cafe which was closed when I was there
Written 5 January 2020
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Exeter, UK8 contributions
No vegan options in cafe
Sep. 2019 • Friends
I really like this park, but I went to the cafe there for the first time today and they didn't have soy milk. It's very easy to find - in pretty much every shop - and it just means I can enjoy a coffee with my friends without having to go search somewhere outside of the park. Otherwise, the park was lovely.
Written 20 September 2019
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Dublin, Ireland15,801 contributions
Relax by the Thames
Sep. 2019 • Solo
Now this is really amazing and relaxing amongst great views. Parliament buildings , the river and the park! Fantastic!
Written 15 September 2019
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Gary M
Ashington, UK690 contributions
May 2019
Lovely green area just off Lambeth Bridge..loads of people mulling about from children playing to civil servants lunching...great seats overlooking the Thames...great spot to refresh your feet..
Written 13 September 2019
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