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How to Spend a Day Out in London's Victoria Park

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London Travel Writer
Updated: 19 October 2017

Situated in the northeastern quarter of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Victoria Park is a vast expanse of beautiful parkland in East London. Here is the essential guide to spending a day out in the East End’s favourite park.

Stroll the leafy paths that skirt and intersect the park. It’s one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to while away a Sunday in London without spending a penny.

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Enter the park from the southwestern Crown Gate East and be greeted by the Western Boating Lake on the left, complete with a pavilion ideal for lingering over a waterside coffee.

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Hire a pedalo or a rowing boat and float on the water – beware of the spray from the fountain on a windy day.

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Find the rental jetty just inside the Crown Gate East and embark on a mini maritime adventure.

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Check out the magnificent Chinese Pagoda on the westernmost island in the Western Boating Lake.

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The original Chinese Pagoda was built in Hyde Park as an entrance to the 1842 Chinese Exhibit in the London Parks, after which it was purchased for display in Victoria Park. Although the original pagoda went on to suffer during the Blitz and eventually get demolished, a new one was erected in its place prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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With all this exploring, it’s important to remember to take some time out to relax and appreciate nature in all its glory while watching the world go by.

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Head over to the market and pick up some fresh organic produce. It can be found every Sunday from 10am to 4pm in the park’s western reaches.

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Take a moment to appreciate some of the brilliant busking talent that East London has to offer.

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All this walking is sure to work up an appetite – but don’t worry, Victoria Park even has that sorted.

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Why not chase that burger or wrap down with a sweet dessert? Whether it’s fruit, chocolate or nuts, there is something here for everyone.

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There are plenty of food stalls to explore and you can never quite be sure what you may find.

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No food market would be complete without a delightfully smelly selection of hard and soft cheeses.

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Discover the imperfect warts-and-all beauty of organic produce in its natural form, without the pedantic aesthetic uniformity that supermarket shoppers have come to demand.

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Plenty of wonderfully organic fruit and vegetables produce is available at the market – save yourself the bother of that trip to the supermarket.

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Just in case the cheese is not smelly enough to attract punters to the market, the fragrant fish should do the trick.

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There are plenty of pre-cooked meals available too, including pick-and-mix salads.

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More burgers – because why not?

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How about some tacos?

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Why not grab a bite to eat, catch a live performance and enjoy the great outdoors all at the same time?

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Keep an eye out for edge – this is East London, after all.

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A day out in Victoria Park would not be complete without admiring the picturesque canals that border the park to the west and to the south.

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Formerly a fundamental facet of industrial transportation during the 19th century, the canals are now channels of bliss and serenity; the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the Big Smoke.

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It’s not just the canals either – the flowery private property bordering them is some of the best-kept in London.

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Check out our guide to the top family-friendly attractions in East London and the best public parks in East London.