Peace in the Park: Battersea Park London

When you need to escape the throb and thrum of the city, what better place to go to than a riverside park with its very own peace pagoda? Battersea Park in London is a fantastic place to recharge your batteries and chill out.

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The park which was opened in 1858, covers a vast 200 acres on the south bank of the Thames opposite Chelsea as well as the peace pagoda which was built in 1985. It has a small children’s petting zoo, boating lake, art gallery, and band stand.

The peace pagoda is a truly splendid structure with four golden Buddhas and traditional Japanese design. On a sunny day, the golden top to the pagoda glints in the sun and crowns the building adding to its majesty. I’m really quite obsessed with taking pictures of the pagoda; it is such an unusual thing to find in London and it is so imposing and striking against the sky.

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The park was also host to the Festival Gardens, which formed part of the 1951 Festival of Britain. This has left some amazing retro-looking design features, and a large water garden and fountain complex.

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The boating lake seems quintessentially British with its pedalos and small rowing boats floating around on a sunny day. Next to this is the pump house gallery; an impressively sturdy Victorian building.

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The rest of the park is made up of playing fields and avenues of trees as well as a fantastic adventure playground for kids. It is definitely a place worth checking out on your lomo travels!

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written by simonh82 on 2011-08-11 in #world #locations #pagoda #lake #london #escape-from-the-city #park #battersea #requested-post #unwide #peace #city

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