Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens
4.5
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM

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The area
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Blackfriars • 4 min walk
  • Temple • 6 min walk
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Brian T
London, UK8 048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I always enjoy visiting this compact and pretty garden setting. The Victoria Embankment Gardens were created in the 1870s , when the Victorians reclaimed the land from the Thames to build a big pipe sewer underneath the ground, and at the same time create a Thames-side boulevard to rival the grand boulevards of Europe. So, previously, there was actually a river where the park is now, and more than 100 years ago you would have been swimming in water, rather than sitting on grass. This review relates to the main section of the garden, beside Embankment Underground station. This particular garden was originally known as the Adelphi Gardens, and is probably the nicest of the Embankment gardens (which include the Temple Gardens to the east, and the Whitehall Gardens and its extension along the bend of the river upstream towards the Houses of Parliament).

The gardens are certainly worth a visit. They are small, nicely laid out, and contain an abundance of mature trees, as well as colourful garden beds with seasonal plantings of flowering annuals and bulbs. The paths are flat, and there is ample seating for you to sit awhile and enjoy the surroundings; the gardens are a welcome retreat from the very busy street it adjoins.

Over the decades the gardens have become a popular spot for erecting statues, monument and memorials, and you’ll see quite a few of these as you wander through the gardens. Look out for the Arthur Sullivan memorial; he of course was an English composer best known for his enduring operatic collaborations with the dramatist Gilbert. You’ll see his bust, but even more curious are the other pieces on the plinth: the bronze figure of a woman weeping, her upper body nude and her lower body covered in drapery, and and the bronze sculpture at the base, which depicts an open book of music, one of the masks of Comedy and Tragedy, and a mandolin. The garden also has memorials to Robert Burns, Sir Wilfrid Lawson, and Robert Raikes. My favourite is the ‘camel’, a memorial to the Imperial Camel Corps. The Imperial Camel Corps Brigade was a camel-mounted infantry brigade that the British Empire raised in December 1916 during the First World War. The camel cuts a striking figure in the midst of the main walkway in the gardens. And although not strictly a statue, there is an equatorial sundial made from stainless steel by the entrance to the Savoy Hotel, dedicated to Richard D'Oyly Carte.

The most interesting feature of the garden is The York Water Gate; you’ll see it to the left if you enter the gardens from Villiers Street. Formerly a Thameside watergate, the gate is made of Portland stone and is a tripartite monumental gateway in a bold Franco-Flemish Baroque style. The principal, central archway contains a flight of river steps. The south, (former river) front is rusticated with a central archway and smaller flanking arched loggias.

Enjoy your visit; appreciate the greenery, and relatively calm and peaceful surroundings.
Written 7 March 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3 118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I can't believe I have gone past Victoria Embankment Gardens so many times and never visited!

Situated on the edge of Victoria Embankment the main road that runs alongside the North side of the River Thames. It is also really close to Embankment Tube station and the Golden Jubilee Bridges which run alongside the railway line into Charing Cross station.

The gardens are very well tended and I visited in early April when tulips were in bloom and there were so many different colours. There are a number of benches where you can sit and enjoy the natural beauty after a day wandering around the city.
Written 16 April 2021
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7 829 contributions
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Jul 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed a nice quick visit to this garden after our show at the nearby Adelphi Theatre in West End. The garden has many nice places to sit and enjoy the view. There were many flowers when we visited in June and it looked very healthy. There are a number of statues and sculptures in and around the park as well. It may not be one of the top things to do while in London but it can easily become part of a sightseeing walk in central London if you have the time. The closest station is Embankment and the garden itself is around 400m long so it could be a 15 minute visit or longer if you decide to read everything, sit and relax.
Written 1 July 2024
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1 071 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
A beautiful public garden space along the Thames River, we walked through the portion behind the Savoy Hotel where Claude Monet stayed and painted his Houses of Parliament, Waterloo Bridge, and Charing Cross Bridge series of paintings during a span of 3 years (1899-1901). This park gives you an idea of his vantage point, and that's why I wanted to walk through it. There are monuments within the garden, including Memorial to Arthur Sullivan (1903), best known for his collaboration with W.S. Gilbert; Scottish poet Robert Burns; and the Imperial Camel Corps, a WWI infantry brigade. There are benches to sit upon and green space to throw down a blanket.
Written 6 June 2024
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK8 090 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Solo
Lovely gardens that formed part of my running route. There are statues and a table tennis table if you bring bat and ball. Much more pleasant to run through here than beside the traffic.
Lots of commuters thought the same sipping coffees/teas in their way through too.
Written 23 February 2020
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jamesawild
Newmarket, UK178 contributions
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Aug 2020
I have been visiting the Victoria Embankment Gardens for many years and they never fail to amaze. Beautiful at any time of the year. There is a café towards the West end of the gardens and public toilets located out on the main street.
Written 16 August 2020
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MichaelMc777
Sunnyvale, CA5 206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This long garden next to the river is lovely to stroll. It has nice benches to sit on and enjoy a sandwich…. Some large shade trees. And, beautifully done small flower gardens.

A wonderful place to rest and stroll, while visiting the nearby sites.
Written 20 July 2023
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Sujata410
Owings Mills, MD947 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
This is not a typical large London park but rather a small strip of peace along the busy touristed embankment area. In addition to the benches , there are a number of interesting statues/memorials that are mostly military focused.
Written 23 February 2020
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Peter C
Decatur, GA111 contributions
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May 2019 • Solo
Visiting this beautiful garden setting in May was breathtaking. Not only are the floral arrangements well done, but with the flowers in bloom, the sun shining, and the temperature staying mild, it made for a perfect morning escape from the usual London tourist fare. The Gardens are located just outside of the Embankment tube station; I stayed in the Paddington area, so it was very easy to get on the Bakerloo line and head south, 8 or 9 stops, literally turn the corner upon exiting, and walk right into the park.

There are many gardens in London, but this one has special meaning for me. Being a Gilbert and Sullivan fan all my life, here is where you will find many significant pieces of G&S history.

As you proceed down the path from Robert Burns statue to the near the end, you will come to Sir Arthur Sullivan's memorial. It features a distressed muse draped at the base of the monument. A bust of the steely eyed Sullivan seems to be staring straight ahead at ... the Savoy Hotel, originally built by Richard D'Oyly Carte from the proceeds of the successful operettas. There is a memorial to Carte, who brought Gilbert and Sullivan together and produced and promoted their work, right in front of that entrance to the hotel.

But this is the back entrance; if you leave the park at the far end and walk around the corner, past the status of Michael Faraday, and up the road, you will come to the front entrance of the Savoy Hotel, and beside it, the modern Savoy Theatre. I was told the stage is the only remaining part of the original theatre where The MIkado and other wonderful works were performed.

But where is Gilbert? Oddly, he is not near Sullivan, D'Oyly Carte, the theatre, or the hotel. You have to go back to the park entrance, near the Embankment tube station, cross the road to the river side, and you will find his memorial mounted high on the seawall.

There are more memorials and interesting statues in the Gardens, but as a G&S fan, I was thrilled to be able to enjoy their presence in such a serene surrounding.
Written 20 May 2019
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TWMIM
Horsham, UK598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
These attractive gardens were once underwater as part of the wide River Thames, and were created over 150 years ago when the river was embanked.
The watergate of the long-demolished York House still stands, and shows just how wide the river used to be here.
I’ve been through here twice in the last few days and the floral beds have been spectacular, featuring especially many types of tulips.
There are plenty of seats to sit and enjoy the scene.
Numerous statues and other monuments can be found here, including to the First World War Camel Corps, Scottish poet Robert Burns and the great composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, whose most famous works with his librettist William Schwenk Gilbert were given at the nearby Savoy Theatre.
Written 4 May 2023
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