Battersea Park was the second public park created to relieve the urban stress of Londoners in Victorian times (the first was Victoria Park in the East End). Opened in 1858, occupied a swampy area in the old Battersea Fields, of negative fame, located around the Red House, an infamous pub. The new park began to be much sought by the artificial lake for boating, with romantic rocks, gardens and waterfalls. Then it became a good place for cycling. In 1985, opened a peace pagoda, one of the more than 70 in the world. Buddhist monks and nuns took 11 months to complete the monument 35 meters high. Here there is also a small zoo.
From 8:00AM till dusk all year round, although the gates are often open earlier.
Park Mansions – Prince of Wales Drive
London SW11 4NJ
Closest attractions:Chelsea Physical Gardens.
Getting there:Sloane Square tube station and Battersea P. rail station. Buses 19, 44, 49, 137, 156, 239, 319, 344, 345 and 452.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8871 7530
Facilities and Additional Information
- Guide dogs allowed;
- Cafés and restaurants.