Victoria Park is, in my opinion, London’s finest. Often referred to as the ‘People’s Park’, it stretches across the London borough of Tower Hamlets and includes English flower gardens, a deer park, children’s areas and vast areas of nothing but grass. Summer’s here, which means the boats are back!
After a £ 12 m revamp ahead of the Olympics, the park now looks better than ever. The lake, once used only by swans, is now home to a selection of ‘regal’ boating fun (according to the signage). For £ 10.50 you can hire a pedalo (harder than it looks but worth the effort) or a rowing boat and take in the scenery. There is a limited number of boats so you won’t find the lake crowded.
You get to navigate the riverway that circles the lake’s island, travel under two bridges and check out, up close, the new Chinese pagoda. The pagoda is based on an original structure built in 1842 for the Chinese exhibition and has divided local residents, but I think it’s beautiful and I think you will, too.
When you’ve pedaled, rowed or just popped into the pagoda, head to the Pavillion café for a coffee or an organic lunch.
Victoria Park Boating Lake | Relaxing | 30 min rental £ 10.50
09:00 – 17:00 daily