London’s First Public Park
Victoria Park, London’s first and biggest local authority public park, opened in 1845. It has been the scene of radical political and temperance rallies and thousands of locals came to bathe in its lake. For the 2012 Olympic Games the park was beautifully restored, with a new ornamental bridge and restored drinking fountain, originally donated by banking heiress Angela Burdett-Coutts. There are avenues of trees, Old English and Rose Gardens, sports facilities and new cafes.