Victoria Park Village is a little leafy secret in on the edge of Victoria Park. Consisting of just the two shopping streets, Lauriston Road and Victoria Park Road, this ‘village’ feels somehow different. Perhaps it is the proximity to the park itself (which is Britain’s oldest public park – built in 1842) or the lack of through traffic, but whatever it is, it is definitely working.
I’d quite happily live here, but the house prices are sky high, so I make do with the odd wander around. On a sunny day the park and village really do come into their own, and the variety and quality of the (mostly independent) shops is great…
The Royal Inn On The Park has a great terrace and is rightly packed for the very good Sunday lunch. The Lauriston has DJs and excellent pizzas. The Empress Of India is a fantastic restaurant, serving meat from the award-winning Ginger Pig butchers across the road. For fish there is Jonathan Norris Fishmonger or if you don’t want to cook it yourself head across to the Fish House for a good old-fashioned fish and chips!
Coffees and cakes are at Elbows Cafe, the lovely Amandine Café and Loafing; excellent Vietnamese can be had at Namo; Su Sazzagoni has traditional Sardinian food; Bottle Apostle excellent wines; The Deli Downstairs is great for fresh bread, cheese and hand made pies; while Haus and the new Chase & Sorensen make sure your own home is tastefully decorated and furnished.
It really is no surprise that Conde Nast Traveler has discovered the area.