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.
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.
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.
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.
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!