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The ‘Regent’s Park of the East End’, Victoria Park is an 86-hectare leafy expanse opened in 1845 – the first public park in the East End that came about after a local MP presented Queen Victoria with a petition of 30,000 signatures. In the early 20th century it was known as the Speaker’s Corner of the East End.
During WWII the park was largely closed to the public and was used as an anti-aircraft shelling site as well as an internment camp for Italian and then German prisoners of war. Victoria Park has undergone a £12-million revamp, and the work was finished in April 2012, improving both the lakes, introducing a skate park and creating a hub building housing a cafe, community room and park offices in the eastern section of the park.