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“Battersea Park” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Battersea Park

Battersea Park
Ranked #122 of 1,568 things to do in London
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Battersea Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

This is an interesting and varied park. It has community and sports facilities, and various playgrounds for children of all ages. At one end it runs next to the Thames and features an elegant pagoda next to an ornamental garden. There is a large boating lake with pedaloes and rowing boats 9 (about £2 per adult). There is also a small childrens' zoo. There are several cafes, so you can easily spend half a day here.

Visited May 2012
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“a special place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

Of all Central London's parks Battersea is my favourite. It does not have the bustle and energy of Hyde Park or the elegance of Regents Park. it is much, much smaller and more modest. But it has a charm that has not diminished in the twenty or so years I have been going there. One side fronts the Thames, and it is one of London's great pleasures to stroll by the river, watching the tide rise and fall. Starting at Chelsea Bridge you walk past the tennis courts to your left, the children's zoo and then the Peace Pavilion. Take a left before Battersea Bridge and there's a small enclosed garden, with a fountain. There's often an exhibition or fair taking place in a huge temporary hall erected in the events' area. Walk south and there is children's play ground and next to that two artificial football / hockey pitches. Go east and there are gardens and a boating lake and a cafe (the only disappointment of the park; its grumpy staff serve overpriced, inedible junk food) Then there's a world class athletics stadium and a dozen or so tennis courts. There is a band stand. In the heart of the park are magnificent fountains and splendid flower displays. There are little enclaves of tranquillity everywhere, as if one was in the countryside rather than a few hundred yards from the multi million pound mansions of Chelsea. Whatever the weather the park is never quiet, nor especially busy. It is a fabulous place to walk the dog, to jog, play games, eat a picnic or just sit and watch. A major renovation in 2004 transformed many areas. New fencing, new trees and flower beds restored the park to its Victorian glory, with a modern touch. For the past ten years I have been coming here with a small Border Terrier. Of all the places he has been - and he is a much travelled dog who knows most of southern and south west England, as well as Brittany - I think this is his favourite. And he is a a very smart dog.

Visited April 2012
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