Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
This park, running north from Vauxhall Cross, contains an all-weather ball games area, together with horse riding paddocks developed in association with the Vauxhall City Farm, in adjoining Tyers Street.
Address: Tyers Street, SE11 5HL
Bus: 2, 88
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History of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
The site you see today looks quite different to how it once did in the past. In 1661 a set of recreational or 'pleasure' gardens were laid out to provide paying members of the public with a variety of entertainments including dining, visual arts and live music, all within a setting of formal plantings and gardens.
At the peak of their popularity Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were commerically very successful and became a magnet for Londoners and tourists of all classes and levels of society; it was the place to see and be seen! As well as the music, illuminations, fountains and refreshments, the gardens became famous as the location for balloon ascents which went all over Georgian, Regency and Victorian London.
After a peak in the early 1800s the popularity of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens gradually declined and they finally closed in 1859. After a period of occupation by housing the present site was created soon after the Second World War. Since then part of the site is used for paddocks by Vauxhall City Farm, which is one of London's oldest and most popular community farms. The site also contains a multi use games area with associated lighting and landscaping.
The main entrance on Kennington Lane was landscaped in 2011 to celebrate and commemorate the spirit of the original pleasure gardens through installation of two monumental 18 metre tall columns, lit by LEDS at night, which provide a welcoming 'gateway' to the site and surrounding businesses.
Help us look after Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens is managed by Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces and comes under the Lambeth North Parks Area. It also comes under the area patrolled by the Prince's Safer Neighbourhoods Team of Lambeth Borough Police, who work with the council and the Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to ensure it is a safe and welcome place to visit and enjoy.
Responsible dog walkers are welcome and dogs can be exercised off the lead but please ensure that you keep dogs under close control and dispose of any waste properly.
For more information on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and how to help us keep it clean, green and safe, please contact us on 0207 926 9000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.