Victoria Park is the name given to the neighbourhood of East London surrounding the park itself. Colloquially known as the ‘People’s Park’, Victoria Park opened in 1845 and covers over 86 hectares of open green space. Featuring decorative gardens and plenty of history, the park really is the heart of this friendly community. It has recently benefitted from a £12m refurbishment project, which restored and reinstated many of the parks older features. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 Victoria Park won the Green Flag People’s Choice Award for the most popular green public space – the only UK park to win this award three times.
As its name suggests, you will find plenty of Victorian properties surrounding the park, with two and three bedroom apartments, as well as charming terraces.
Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…
Packed full of dog walkers and Sunday strollers, the People’s Park Tavern in South Hackney is always buzzing, day or night, giving true meaning to the phrase ‘park life’. If you can find a spot by the fire, you’d be hard-pushed to find a better weekend haunt. In the evenings they host comedy nights, quizzes and music, they serve fantastic burgers, have their own microbrewery, and can lay claim to what may be one of the best beer gardens in all of East London.
Elsewhere in the park itself you can find The Pavilion Cafe, where customers regularly queue outside to grab a snack and a seat overlooking the boating lake. With unusual salads, an extensive brunch menu, home-made bread and doorstep sandwiches, you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Be sure to get there ahead of the crowds, as it often feels like all of East London has piled in at the weekend!
For more active types, you will find a skatepark, two playgrounds and sporting facilities. The park also serves as a concert venue, hosting several festivals each year.
The closest Tube station, Mile End (Zone 2), connects you to the Central, District and Hammersmith & City Lines, getting you to London Bridge in approx. 14 minutes.
Buses serving Victoria Park include routes 8, 277, 339, 388, 425, D6 and N8.
Families will love
Kids and grown-ups alike will love paying a visit to Victoria Park Books, an independent bookshop with a real community feel. They run reading events for pre-school children twice a week and stock books that reflect local interests and tastes. It also caters to the local schools curricula – be sure to check out the wall of book reviews by local schoolchildren.
There are plenty of schools around Victoria Park, including Kingsmead Primary School, Orchard Primary School and St John and St James CE Primary School. In terms of secondary schools there are Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School, The Urswick School and The City Academy in Hackney. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Victoria Park.