Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens, London: Hours, Address, Victoria Embankment Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment Gardens
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
The area
Neighborhood: 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 neighborhoods. 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 neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment 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
Popular mentions

210 reviews
Very good

United Kingdom942 contributions
Always crowded
Sep 2021 • Solo
While the gardens itself are quite nice and have great potential, due to their central location they are always crowded, noisy and full of litter - which is a pity.
Written September 20, 2021
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Dublin, Ireland15,983 contributions
Beautiful gardens on the river Thames
Aug 2021 • Solo
Beautiful gardens on the river Thames . The last reviewer clearly got the wrong place. This is really nice with monuments and places to relax.
Written August 26, 2021
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Martin B
London, Canada3 contributions
Poor full English🙄
May 2021 • Friends
Had a £9.50 full English, one egg, one cheap sausage, over cooked bacon beans, cheap tea, one slice toast, appalling value. How much more would two nice sausages, and another egg plus two bits of toast cost the business??? Pennies 🙄
Written May 29, 2021
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Ginette Perry
Leicester, UK573 contributions
May 2021
Victoria embankment park is beautifully kept a real gem for quite in central London we visited the cafe which was nice and the cakes were good just the pigeons jumping on empty plates wasn’t good but otherwise a real treat
Written May 23, 2021
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Stevenage, UK1,574 contributions
Tranquility Gem
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 April 16, 2021
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Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
Pretty, peaceful, and perfectly formed.
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 March 7, 2021
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Ian C
122 contributions
Enjoyable gardens on an autumn afternoon
Nov 2020
The gardens are enjoyable as an alternative to the Strand, for a walk from the Aldwych to Embankment Station. I did so last week on a pleasant but cloudy autumn day.

The gardens are well maintained and have many seats which are popular with visitors, particularly at lunchtime. At the back of the Gardens rise the facades of buildings such as the Savoy Hotel and the Institute of Electrical Engineers.

Within the gardens are several statues and memorials, one of the best being that to Arthur Sullivan and one of the most surprising being that to the Imperial Camel Corps - how many people know that such a unit actually existed?

Then on to the large statue of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and to the Water Gate which marks the position of the north bank of the River Thames before Victoria Embankment - and was originally the gateway from the river to York House, being commissioned by the Duke of Buckingham in 1626.

There is also a children's play area at the east end and a cafe at the west end.
Written November 20, 2020
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Newmarket, UK177 contributions
The Victoria Embankment Gardens are always beautiful.
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 August 16, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Enjoyable gardens full of historical sculptures
Aug 2020 • Solo
Temple Tube Station is currently closed, so to reach the Aldwych, I had an enjoyable walk from Embankment Tube Station through Victoria Embankment Gardens past the Water Gate and statues and memorials including Robert Burns the Imperial Camel Corps, Lord Cheylesmore, Sir Wilfred Lawson, Robert Raikes (who founded Sunday Schools) and Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) and also out to the Embankment past Cleopatra's Needle brought here in 1878 and located opposite the First World War Memorial from the Belgians.

At the end of the Gardens is a further statue to the enginneer Michael Faraday.

The gardens are well landscaped and there is a good cafe and an adventurous children's play area.

It was a delight to rediscover these gardens.

Written August 13, 2020
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,876 contributions
Take a walk
Nov 2019
Lovely location, quiet despite its central location and contains some interesting statues. Nice to stroll through.
Written April 5, 2020
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