Victoria Embankment
Victoria Embankment
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The area
Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Temple • 4 min walk
  • Embankment • 6 min walk
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Brian T
London, UK8,048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
A walk along the length of Victoria Embankment is a very pleasant alternative to the well-trodden tourist path that runs along the south bank of the Thames (from the Westminster Bridge to beyond the Tower Bridge). This specific walk will provide you with a different perspective of the river, as well the opportunity to visit some lovely gardens, see some interesting monuments, and spot a few curiosities.

Victoria Embankment is part of the Thames Embankment, a road and river-walk along the north bank of the River Thames in London. It runs from the Palace of Westminster to Blackfriars Bridge in the City of London. It’s just under a two mile walk, from Blackfriars Underground station to Westminster Underground station (or vice versa), but you’ll need a good half day to poke around its gardens, monuments and curiosities. It’s an easy walk and those requiring mobility assistance should not have too many difficulties.

The Victoria Embankment was designed by civil engineer Francis Webb Sheilds. Construction started in 1865 and was completed in 1870.

Here’s some of the things you should look out for, as you walk this promenade.

Gardens: There are some pretty gardens along the route, though you’ll have to cross to the north side of the roadway to visit them. Check out the Inner Temple Gardens, the Mid Temple Gardens, the Victoria Embankment Gardens and the Whitehall Gardens. They are all pleasant, grassy spots with manicured garden beds, seating, mature trees and a plethora of sculptures and statues.

Monuments: The walk abounds in monuments and sculptures. You won’t miss Cleopatra’s Needle and Sphinxes, nor the golden eagle which sits atop the Royal Air Force Memorial, nor the splendid Battle of Britain Memorial. Also look out for the curious Monument of Belgium’s Gratitude (on the north side of the road, opposite Cleopatra’s Needle), the WT Stead Memorial, the National Submarine War Memorial, and the ‘Boadicea and Her Daughters’ bronze sculpture at the start of Westminster Bridge. Eagle eyes will also spot a statue of Queen Victoria, and a life-like rendition of an office worker looking for a cab.

Curiosities: There’s a few, including the old pillars of a former railway bridge which crossed the Thames by the more modern Blackfriars Station, and indeed a statue of the Blackfriar himself (on the pub of the same name). Spot the intricate decorations on some of the lamp posts lining the route, and the famous revolving sign that indicates you are at New Scotland Yard (the headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police). And don’t miss a set of steps designed by Sir Christopher Wren, on a terrace he designed for Queen Mary at the former Palace of Whitehall. It’s in the Whitehall Gardens.

There is one danger. London's East-West Cycle Superhighway 3, a kerb-protected cycle track across London, runs along most of the Victoria Embankment: it opened in 2016. It carries heavy cycle traffic in both directions, so you’ll need to look both right and left before attempting to cross the road away from the designated crossing points.
Written March 4, 2021
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WriteAllAlong
UK556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Just the view across the Thames itself is sufficient reason to walk the Embankment. However, there's more, on the North Bank.....You can see Cleopatra's Needle, see the Savoy, from where Monet painted the Thames, see HQS Wellington moored at Temple Steps (active in the North Atlantic convoys, and now the home of the Guild of Master Mariners), then have a fine coffee and snack in the lovely (Embankment) gardens.
The public toilets aren't so lovely (despite being chargeable and having an attendant) but at least there are some!
The gardens were created in 1874 after Sir Joseph Bazalgette built the northern intercept sewer and the northern embankment of the river Thames. Victoria Embankment Main Garden was formerly Adelphi Gardens.There are numerous statues and monuments as well as the splendid York House Watergate which marks where the River Thames originally ran.
Start at Temple underground station, then walk west towards Westmister Pier. At the junction with Westminster Bridge you have an unmissable view of Boudicca's statue, the Houses of Parliament (The Palace of Westminster), Big Ben, Old Scotland Yard, Parliament Square and across the River to the London Eye and Old County Hall (now a hotel). It's a great walk!
Written December 2, 2013
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Ed_Uyeshima
San Francisco, CA2,667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Egad, an Uber boat just sped by Jamie W. and me on the Thames. Would Queen Victoria have approved of such a service for her subjects? I think Queen Elizabeth would probably smirk and conclude Uber boat riders are of the same ilk who get excited by open kitchens like Kate does. Officially this is the section on the north side of the Thames between the Palace of Westminster and Blackfriars Bridge. That means Big Ben and the London Eye are in constant view, and you can see recognizable sights like Cleopatra's Needle and the Victoria Embankment Gardens along the way. The embankment was built in the late 19th century as a means to introduce modern sewage to London. Isn't that aromatically interesting?
Written October 2, 2022
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great place to have a walk and see so many sights of London, memorials, boats, spotted new Scotland yard this time, then turned off up toward Trafalgar Square for a pint.
Written October 2, 2020
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Sally H
Townsville, Australia102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Was lovely to just be able to stroll along the Embankment. It wasn't terribly busy when we were walking along. We were staying in Fleet Street so it was a short walk to get down to the Embankment.
Written January 26, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
London has a host of great walking area. One of our favourite areas for a pleasant stroll with river views is along the Victoria Embankment. Consequently, one afternoon during our most recent stay in this wonderful city, we headed there to enjoy another pleasant riverside stroll.
As we walked from Westminster Pier to Waterloo Bridge we passed several lovely gardens and a host of different statues and memorials.
We also saw the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridges and a large amount of river traffic including tour boats and barges.
The views across the river to attractions like the London eye and the Royal Festival Hall are just wonderful.
Highly recommended as a great area for a pleasant and enjoyable stroll!
Written December 15, 2019
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Sheils53
Nottingham, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Walk along the embankment at any time during the day and you will come across a wealth of street entertainers, mime artists,jugglers, massive bubble blowing,live statues etc.Stop for a cupof tea or and ice cream and take in all the views across the Thames, camera will work overtime, such a lot to snap.
Written June 19, 2014
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Mickey316
Elmhurst, IL115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
This is a gorgeous park with a very relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. I'm always amazed at how many people are in London's parks and this was no exception. We spent time reading, people watching and enjoying beautiful weather. For some relaxing time in a beautiful setting, this is a great place.
Written September 11, 2013
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travel1990
Bedford, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
Lovely place in London, especially nice in the evening because of all the lights and things going on. If your around that area I would definitely suggest a stroll along the embankment
Written April 15, 2012
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Ryszard L
Sydney, Australia328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
A great day's walk in London is to start at Boadicea's Statue, cross Westminster Bridge, take the Queen's Walk all the way to Tower Bridge, cross Tower Bridge and walk back along the northern bank past the Tower, along Lower Thames Street and Upper Thames Street to Blackfriars and then along the Victoria Embankment back to Boadicea. It'll take a day because there's a lot to see and visit. The many memorials, Temple Gardens, Whitehall Gardens, HMS Wellington ( whatever happened to HMS Discovery?), Cleopatra's Needle and other sights that may be of interest. Despite the inclement weather, it was a great walk and I thoroughly recommend it any visitor, There are plenty of watering holes and eateries along this route too.
Written December 18, 2019
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