Victoria Embankment  

Facts and information

Victoria Embankment
Address:
Victoria Embankment,
London
Parking:
Find car parks near Victoria Embankment. We also have petrol stations near Victoria Embankment
Minicabs:
Find minicab and taxi firms near Victoria Embankment
Buses:
1 4 6 9 11 13 15 23 26 59 68 76 87 91 139 168 172 176 177 189 253 341 521 RV1 X68
Trains:
Charing Cross BKL NRN, Covent Garden PCL, Embankment BKL CRC DSC NRN, Temple CRC DSC, Waterloo BKL JUB NRN W&CNote: The nearest train station to Victoria Embankment is Embankment. We can help you find the best route from King’s Cross, Paddington, Victoria, Waterloo and any other train station:
Train journey to Victoria Embankment
Photo: Danny Robinson / WikipediaVictoria Embankment Gardens

Drummerboy’s London blog> Read Drummerboy’s review of the Victoria Embankment  Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos.

The Victoria Embankment dates from 1870, and runs past Hungerford Bridge to Blackfriars and The City.

Prior to its construction, the closest road to the river was The Strand – but poor drainage meant that a modern sewerage system had to be installed. The Embankment thus covers the pipes that carry our waste along the river.

Although a walk along the lamp lit bank is more-or-less a must for lovers these days, a lot of London’s loveliest views are on the wrong side of the water. The only decent pic is of the London Eye.

Cleopatra’s Needle

The Victoria Embankment is best known for Cleopatra’s Needle, which stands near Hungerford Bridge. It dates from the reign of Pharaoh Tuthmose III in 1475 BC, and didn’t gain the ‘Cleopatra’ moniker until it was moved to Alexandria.

The Viceroy of Egypt gifted it to the British in the early 19th-century as a thank you for ousting Napoleon, but the heavy weight made shipment impossible for several decades. The transportation back to Blighty resulted in several deaths on board the boat – the names of which can be seen in the plaque around the base. It was eventually stood upright in 1879.

Follow us:
Share + bookmark this page:
 
 
  
Homepage

Drummerboy’s London blog includes all the attractions, events, shows and hotelsDrummerboy’s London blog

Site map | Contact us | Questions, suggestions, announcements | About us | Privacy policy / Terms of use | Cookies
Copyright © 2014 London Drum. All rights reserved.

Buy our book

Visit Shop
London Drum’s book
A Visitor’s Guide to
Londons Landmarks
and Attractions
on sale now packed with reviews, photos, insider tips & maps
Read a free sample
Buy it from Amazon for Kindle, Kobo and other eBook readers

Events in London

> Events in London
> Events in July
28293031   
> Whats on in August
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
> Whats on September
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930     

Stage Musicals

  1. Bollywood.. From Aug ‘14
  2. Made In Da.. From Oct ‘14
  3. Dirty Rott.. From Mar ‘14

Theatre shows

  1. White Chri.. From Nov ‘14
  2. Snowman From Nov ‘14
  3. Memphis From Oct ‘14

Music concerts

  1. Lauryn Hill 20th Sep ‘14
  2. Status Quo 19th Dec ‘14
  3. Happy Mond.. 18th Oct ‘14

Comedy gigs

  1. Lee Evans 2nd Oct ‘14
  2. Paul Merton 24th Aug ‘14
  3. Lee Nelson 8th Aug ‘14

Classical music

  1. Rufus Wain.. From Sep ‘14
  2. Swan Lake From Aug ‘14
  3. Carmina Bu.. From Oct ‘14

Talks & lectures

  1. Judi Dench 4th Dec ‘14
  2. Bettany Hu.. 1st Sep ‘14
  3. Andrew Mot.. 23rd Jan ‘15
London Drum -- London City Guide