Located in the popular East End area of London, Victoria Park is a charming village area in the large open space of the Victoria Park area in the London Borough of Town Hamlet. The area is largely opened to the public, and acts as a delightful escape from the busy congested areas of city life.
Victoria Park has several noteworthy architectural pieces being London’s first public park. The park has been referred to as the Regents Park of the east. The Hackney Wick Great War Memorial can be seen in the park as quite a remarkable piece. There is also the pedestrian alcove surviving from the London Bridge as well as the impressive drinking fountain erected by Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts in the 1800s. The village area caters mainly to residential properties and small businesses. The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, Geffrye Museum and Sutton House should not be missed.
Several exciting events are held in Victoria Park especially during the summer. Here you can enjoy music and other performing arts events, speeches and important public gatherings. Victoria Park is well known for its open air music festivals as well as its programs which facilitate children. These include the One O’ Clock club for children under five, the deer and goat herds, children’s play park with paddling pool and children summer activities. Cricket is a major past time in the summer as well, and opportunities for football are readily available. The Hackney Empire can be accessed from the area, where entertaining music shows can be seen.
Several lovely cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants of all kinds can be accessed in Victoria Park. Nice places to eat include the Britannia on Victoria Road, Pavilion Cafe, Fish House, the Empress of India and the Approach Tavern.
Victoria Park is well equipped with designer boutiques, specialist interior shops, pottery and gist shops and hair and beauty salons. The remarkable wine store of Bottle Apostle or the Park Boutique which has the latest fashions is hot shopping spot in Victoria Park. Memorable memoirs and souvenirs can be had at the gift shops in the area. The Cardinal Place Shopping Centre has everything all in one place. Nearby markets can also be accessed in the Town Hamlet area.
The park itself has many green spaces and recreational facilities, beautiful ponds and picturesque gardens. The Old English Garden is a major highlight and a flower lover’s paradise. The green areas surrounding the small lakes are great for picnics, reading or just relaxing.
Victoria Park is served by the Hackney Wick and Homerton train stations. The nearest tube stations to the town are the Mile End station which has district and central lines, Bow Road which is a district line and Bethnal Green. There is also the Cambridge Heath Overground rail station and the Bethnal Green National Rail. Buses and cabs are other ways of getting around the area.
The local authorities in charge of services in Victoria Park area are the Hackney and Tower Hamlet Councils. Council tax rates depend on the area one occupies with cheaper rates in those areas under the Tower Hamlet Council. The average values are £791 to £2373. Your tax rates are set annually and are based on your property value and your postal code. You may also be eligible for a reduction in council tax; these reductions are applicable if you are disabled, is the only person who lives on the property or if you qualify for the second adult rebate.
Victoria Park is home to families, a few professionals and many working class people. A wonderfully relaxing and pleasant time can be experienced by families, couples and singles amidst the romantic treasures of Victoria Park.