Nestled in the heart of the East End is the lush, expansive Victoria Park; a haven of scenic lakes, beautiful period property and Old English charm that has attracted a diverse cross-section of Londoners seeking refuge from the daily grind of the city.
Seeped in historical interest, the park opened to the public in 1845, becoming an essential amenity for the working classes of the East End - it’s bathing pool introducing swimming as the latest recreation to many of its residents. The area soon established itself as an important centre for political meetings, rallies and public speaking, acquiring a reputation as the ‘People’s Park’, as well as providing cover for anti-aircraft batteries during World War II.
Since then, the area has gone from strength to strength, largely as a result of numerous innovative restoration and development projects which have not detracted from its original charm. Nowadays it is well reputed for its open-air music festivals such as Opera in the Park and Lovebox Weekender, as well as its excellent facilities for children, which include play parks, a paddling pool, skate parks and various summer activities.
Bounded on two sides by canals, Victoria Park is home to the oldest boat club in the world - the Victoria Model Steam Boat Club, founded in 1904, which still holds a number of Sunday Regattas each year. The area is also host to an array of first-rate bars, restaurants and independent boutique shops, with popular venues including; Namo, The Empress of India, The Lauriston and The Inn on the Park.
Victoria Park is now an established area for young couples and families, with plenty of scope still for growth. Roads surrounding the park are lined with impressive 3- and 4- storey Victorian terraced houses, some dating back to the mid nineteenth-century, as well as modern developments offering good value flats, making it an attractive area to reside in.
Known as the Regents Park of the East End, with its picturesque fountains, cherry trees and deer enclosure, it is no surprise that Victoria Park was recently voted London’s ‘Best Local Park’ by Time Out magazine. The nearest Underground station is Bethnal Green, with Cambridge Heath and London Fields overground stations also nearby.