A leisurely stroll in Victoria Park for instant refreshment

Victoria Park, the oldest of London’s public park is not just used for leisurely walks, but is a famed venue for sports and games, musical concert, and other events. It is close to principal tourist attractions and famous places of worship in London.

Victoria Park is the oldest public park in London dating back to nearly 170 years. Innumerable cherries, horse chestnuts, Kentucky coffee, oaks, and hawthorns intersperse the entire park. The park with it lakes, sculptures of Dogs of Alcibiades, and a functioning fountain offers a picturesque retreat for Londoners and visitors. This park split by Grove Road into two is glorious with flower beds and shrubs. Afternoons are crowded with kids occupying the children’s playground and elders strolling or lazing around.

Spread over 86 hectares, this is the largest of Tower Hamlet parks. Every year is ahs a footfall of nearly 12 million visitors, which is among the highest for this city. Victoria Park is a renowned venue for informal and formal sporting activities, outdoor music concerts, festivals and events. Throughout the year there is some event or the other in this park. Victoria Park, in addition is also a part of green corridor linking Mile End Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along Regent’s Canal. The importance of this park to Londoners is underlined by the fact that Green Heritage and Green Flag Awards for 2014 have been retained by this park for the fourth time. Victoria Park is also credited with top honour of People’s Choice Award.

Victoria Park was opened as the city’s first public park in 1845 at East End following a petition submitted by local MP with signatures of 30,000 petitioners to Queen Victoria. This park was envisioned as Regent’s Park of east London and also had its Speakers’ Corner. During Queen Victoria’s reign parks were looked upon as places for physical and moral upliftment. According to William Farr, parks are instrumental in increasing life expectancy of humans and that through a fulfilling habit of exploring nature at its glorious best.

Visitor information

  • Timings – 7am till dusk on all days except Christmas, which is a holiday;
  • Victoria Park Splash Pool remains open from May’s last weekend to September’s first weekend between 11 am and 5pm;
  • Cars are not allowed inside except those with blue badges;
  • Pets are not allowed inside children’s play area;
  • Cyclists are permitted inside subject to certain conditions of safe cycling;
  • Access – Underground railway at Bow Road, and Mile End;
  • Terrestrial railway station at Hackney Wick, and Homerton;
  • Address: Approach Road, Hackney, London

When visiting London there are number of cathedrals and churches that attract tourists in hordes.

Religious London: places of worship you need to visit

St. Paul’s Cathedral

This Anglican cathedral is located on top of Ludgate Hill the highest point in London city. Dedicated to Apostle Paul the original church was founded in 604 A.D. After the Great Fire the present construction of English Baroque architecture dates back to 17th century and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The dome stands 365 feet tall and the expanse of the church is second largest in England. The St. Paul’s Cathedral is open for viewing from Monday to Saturday between 8:30am and 4:30pm with last admission at 4pm. Children under 5 years are allowed free entry, while those between 5 and 17 are charged £7. Adult tickets are sold for £15.50, with concessional tickets being offered for £13.50. The cathedral is accessed by St. Paul’s and Mansion House tube rail stations, and City Thameslink and Blackfriars railway stations.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is an essential landmark in your London tour. With a history dating back thousand years this church is the traditional venue of coronation of British monarchs and also their final place of rest. Conveniently located near Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey is accessible by Westminster and St. James’ Park tube stations. Every year around one million visitors come here in addition to thousands that join here for daily prayer services. Audio guides in 12 languages guide visitors in touring this church.

St. Etheldreda’s Church

This is England’s oldest Roman Catholic Church and had its beginning in 673 AD as Ely monastery. The Bishops of Ely used this as their chapel which was bought in 1873 and subsequently in 1878 opened as a Roman Catholic Church. This church is among the two surviving edifices belonging to King Edward I’s reign. Every day mass are held in Latin and English which are attended by Londoners and tourists. The church is renowned for its choir and is famous for baptisms and weddings. The church stays open from 8am to 5pm except on Sundays when it remains open till 12:30 pm. Being located in Holborn Circus it is easily reachable from all parts of London. Farringdon and Chancery Lane tube stations serve St. Etheldreda’s Church. If travelling by surface rail then City Thameslink and Farringdon are the stations to get down for visiting this church.

Accommodation near Victoria Park

There are several luxury and budget hotels for accommodation in Hackney near Victoria Park. Depending upon your budget and preference you could choose an accommodation for yourself. Your purpose of visit also is an important determinant of where you plan to stay. In case you have planned for a long vacation with your family then a guest house or comfort hotel could serve your purpose. If however, you want some indulgence and round the clock attention then a luxury accommodation like Executive Rooms London Kensington would be perfect. Such hotels care to the needs of both leisure and business travellers.

It is advisable to stay in a hotel which is close to tube rail and surface railway stations. An easy access to tube rail or surface rail would ensure that you are able to visit places like Victoria Park, or Westminster Abbey within hours. London being a city with numerous attractions, you would be required to visit multiple locations on a single day. Staying in a central location of near rail or tube stations should be you r primary concern while selecting a hotel. It is also important that your sty in London should be pleasant and peaceful.

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