Victoria Park

Park in East London

The ‘Regent’s Park of the East End’, this 86-hectare leafy expanse of ornamental lakes, monuments, tennis courts, flower beds and lawns was opened in 1845. It was the first public park in the East End, given the go-ahead after a local MP presented Queen Victoria with a petition of 30,000 signatures. It quickly gained a reputation as the 'People's Park' when many rallies were held here.

During WWII the park was largely closed to the public and was used as a base for antiaircraft guns and as an internment camp for Italian and then German prisoners of war.