Victoria Park Village is a leafy secret on the edge of Victoria Park.
Consisting of just two shopping streets (Lauriston Road and Victoria Park Road), this ‘village’ feels somehow different.
Perhaps it is the proximity to Victoria Park itself (Britain’s oldest public park, created in 1842) or the lack of traffic. Whatever it is, it is definitely working. I’d happily live here but prices are sky high, so I make do with the odd visit.
On a sunny day the park and village are a great place to be and the variety and quality of the mostly independent shops is superb…
The Royal Inn On The Park has a terrace and gets packed for the very good Sunday lunch. The Lauriston has excellent pizzas. The Empress Of India is a fantastic restaurant, serving meat from the award-winning Ginger Pig butchers across the road. Hector & Noble is a great new gastropub. Or head to Machete for a Mexican.
Coffees and cakes are at Elbows Cafe or Amandine Café; there is excellent Vietnamese 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 makes sure your own home is tastefully decorated and furnished.
It really is no surprise that Conde Nast Traveler has discovered the area.