Victoria Park

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Victoria Park
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Pavilion Cafe

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South Hackney

No territory better exemplifies the tension between east and west London than Victoria Park. It sprang to life as a Royal Park but became municipal in 1887; it's rougher around the edges than its western counterparts and thus a great expanse to kick back and let nature revitalise you. Vicky Park is wonderful for youngsters too: the V&A Playground is equipped with swings etc, and the fantastically designed Pools Playground encourages creative play. Wildlife includes a deer enclosure, moorhens, grey and Canada geese and squirrels, while, by the lake, you'll find The Pavilion Café serves tasty, locally sourced food from breakfast to tea-time. In recent years the park has hosted the Underage Festival and Field Day, and every November park-goers in their thousands are treated to a wildly ambitious theatrical fireworks display which is laid on by Tower Hamlets Council.

Venue name: Victoria Park
Address: Victoria Park Rd
E3 5SN
Opening hours: 7am-dusk Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: Mile End/Bethnal Green

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:5
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
3 people listening

If you’re not from East London, you may not be that familiar with Victoria Park and that’s a real shame.It is a great space and a good choice of venue on a hot summer’s day.The park is very open and has lots of space to chill out in.There are also a variety of good bars and restaurants around.

South Carolina

Really, really good park. This thing is massive! With all sorts of things to see you could easily lose a day here. There are plenty of quiet corners tucked away and lots of open spaces for whatever kinds of park games you can cook up. In the middle of summer it overflows with happy sun soaking Londoners, what could be better! The wide sidewalks make for a great bike ride. It also borders the canal so head east to Hackney Wick for a wild night out after or west to Broadway Market if you fancy something a little more sophisticated.

Staff Writer

Hands-down London's best park. The playgrounds are amazingly well-designed, the kind of spaces that wow visitors from out of town and make those of us who live here smug that we're so lucky. The V&A playground with all the cute wooden houses is best for younger kids – there's a hug sandpit that in the summer months get fed by a stream of water from the play pumps. That's near the lake and the Pavilion Cafe (posh bread, avo on toast, and adventurous breakfasts like stringhopper). Over on the west side of the park is the Pools Playground, with four giant slides and the super-fun splash zone with fountains. The Hub cafe here has an Indian-slated menu – try the beetroot and coconut samosas (bit pricy again, but the food is good). There's a sunken skate park that's always well used by teens, and acres of lovely green space to cycle or walk in, plus a children's centre near the Pools Playground. Aces all around. 


This review is VERY dated. The park hasn't had a deer enclosure for YEARS. There is no mention of boat hire or the award-winning Hub Cafe which does a great range of affordable food.

Uncle He-man

NEW Turkish restaurant in Victoria Park!!!!! Ok, so let me start by saying it is not my restaurant, I will not get free food for writing this, but I do have a vested interest in them doing well... I have been praying for a decent Turkish restaurant to open in Victoria Park for ages. Chambers offers great falafel, borek and hellim right on my doorstep. Please give them a try.


NOTE: The playgrounds are closed this summer and will reopen in autumn.