Victoria Park

Attractions, Parks and gardens South Hackney
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Known as the ‘People’s Park’ Victoria Park is one of London’s favourite open spaces. Stretched over a huge 86.18 hectares, this swath of the outdoors is nestled entirely in Tower Hamlets. In the summer, it’s taken over by a number of festivals, from Field Day to Lovebox and in the autumn park-goers are treated to epic fireworks displays. But that’s not all: parts of the park are Grade II-listed and it was originally landscaped by the famous architect Sir James Pennethorne in 1842.

There are three expansive lakes, and Vicky Park is wonderful for youngsters, too: the V&A Playground is equipped with swings and other bits and bobs to play on, and the fantastically designed Pools Playground encourages creative play. Wildlife includes a deer enclosure, moorhens, grey and Canada geese and squirrels. It’s also the place to go for outdoor pursuits with tennis courts, a bowling green and a model boating lake. And if you work up a thirst? There's the Pavilion Café, where you can grab a bite to eat before kicking back in the splendour of Pennethorne's lovely vision.

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Venue name: Victoria Park
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Address: Victoria Park Rd
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E3 5SN
Opening hours: 7am-dusk Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: Mile End/Bethnal Green
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ML Kupfer
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Victoria Park is my favorite park in London and although I am slightly biased because I live in the area, it really is a wonderful park to visit, exercise in, have a coffee in, go for a lovely stroll in and/or bring the kids to. It's slightly less crowded with tourists than the central London parks  and as it spans a relatively large area, a walk around the park will allow you to discover really varied bits of the city. One end borders the Olympic Village and Hackney Wick, the other end is close to Homerton and houses the lovely People's Park Tavern, one end is next to Victoria Park village, which has great cafés and on the other end you can walk by the canal to Broadway Market. That is without even mentioning the Pavilion, which is a café in the park that is always packed on weekends (especially sunny days) and serves amazing breakfast and great coffee. It also sits right next to a little pond that you can hire little boats for to paddle around in. It's not super close to transport links but if you're willing to walk at least 15-20 mins you've got Homerton and Hackney Wick Overground stations relatively near (depends where you are in the park) and Mile End Station (tube) also not far away. Buses go past the park aplenty too so if you're lazy just get here by bus. 

Jenni H
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Victoria Park is an oasis of green in the middle of busy East London! Despite not having the best transport links (the nearest tube is a 15 minute walk away), I’d still recommend it as one of the best parks in London. It’s quieter than the more central Hyde Park or Regents Park and boasts a fantastic café. Having visited for the famous Field Day festival, weekend strolls and the free November fireworks display, I’m sure I’ll be coming back to Victoria Park a lot over the coming year!

Kaye A

Gem on London. Fishing permitted on the other lake/pond - you just have to throw them back in. Great space and parks - love.

Fenella B

Beautiful park . Perfect to walk in, hang out or run. Lovely cafe by the lake ( Pavilion cafe)

Laura S

My favourite park in London. Full of character and home of the amazing Pavillion Cafe.

Tara P
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I've only witnessed Victoria Park as the setting for Citadel Festival, but I'm now keen to return. It's a lovely expanse of space, with greenery, fountains and wildlife. I was also impressed by how clean it was kept despite the revelry. It feels a tad far from public transport links, but in a way this adds to it's appeal - it's an oasis of calm in the increasingly noisy area of East London.

Alanna S
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Beautiful park with plenty of space to enjoy as a runner, as a parent with children, as a cyclist or as a group of friends in the sunshine. Pavilion cafe serves a fantastic brunch the People's Park Tavern have live music, roasts and bloody Mary's on a Sunday. The park itself is big enough to explore but not get lost in. The water make it a tranquil place to be and its easy to reach from any part of North/east London. Regular events: funfairs, races, summer festivals and firework displays make it one of the best parks in London. It has a lovely energy about it and I look forward to another summer spent eating an icecream and wandering around the lake.

Ioanna La
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I believe Victoria Park is the Hyde Park of East London. Slightly smaller, there a couple of cafes, playgrounds, lakes, bridges, gardens, a pagoda and lots of green space for any kind of activity. You can get in it from many different entrances, one of which is on Regent's canal. It's busy but definitely not touristic which makes it a great place to relax, exercise, run, walk, cycle, skate, have a pick nick or even sunbath. Families, runners, couples, youngsters, seniors, you'll see any kind of visitors! There are some great art installations in one of the lakes. The cafe by the lake is nice for coffee or breakfast. Victoria Park occasionally hosts several greak events such as Field Day, Nike women's 10k run, Winterville to name a few - I've been to the first two and they were super great. I have enjoyed it for walks and runs too. Definitely recommended for multiple purposes.

retroashlat
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This is my favourite place to hang around in East London, bar none. I adore going to the Pavilion Café for brunch and just people watching, or sitting on a bench with a journal to write a bit (sounds so cliché, but the surroundings are perfect). There's a pond upon which you can take out a rowboat or pedalo, and plenty of lush scenery to take in while walking about. I particularly enjoy walking along the canal. There are a couple of pubs that back on to the park; in spring/summer there are little picnics and barbecues about. Mostly, when there's nice weather, people just lounge on the grass and enjoy it - what more does any Londoner want? 


This has been the first place I've taken all my friends and family to when they've come to visit me in London, and I see that continuing for some time. Get your butt over there.


PS. There are plenty of festivals and events that spring up doing the year, too: Lovebox and the Winter Carnival to name a few!

Gavin K

Lovely place for a weekend walk and some hipster dog spotting (pugs-a-plenty). The Pavilion Cafe does a great brunch and Victoria Park Village is just outside the north gates in case all the grass and trees become too repetitive.

LoveLondon
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I come here to party, for festivals, for slides, to rollerblade, to run and so much more. Anything you can think of- this park has it. Plenty of events throughout the year. Great locations for photoshoots (last image is by wonderful Anna Michell)

Jo H

Has everything - boating pond, beautiful trees, the canal, bike paths, tennis courts, cafes....and all surrounded by lovely green space.

Paula - ToT
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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
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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.

NP
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. 

johnjee1966

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.

Oli

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