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Island Gardens is a public park located at the southern end of the Isle of Dogs—hence the name 'Island'—in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the north bank of the River Thames. The park was formally opened on 3 August 1895 by local politician Will Crooks.
The 1.12-hectare (2.8-acre) waterside park is notable for its spectacular cross-river view of the classical buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital, the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum, with Greenwich Park forming a backdrop. The northern entrance of the Greenwich foot tunnel is also within the park. It is almost certain that the view from this location is the one that the Canaletto painting 'Greenwich Hospital from the North Bank of the Thames' is taken from, though whether Canaletto himself actually visited the site is in doubt.
The park also gave its name to Island Gardens DLR station. This opened in 1987 as the southern terminus of the DLR's initial system, and was an elevated terminal station situated to the west of the park. The later construction of the DLR extension to Lewisham involved a tunnel under the Thames, and Island Gardens station was relocated about 100 metres (330 ft) north, close to the northern entrance to the tunnel by Millwall Park. The new station is largely underground; the original elevated station was demolished.
Island Gardens Reviews
The area is dead and a bit dodgy, the only good part is that is closed to Greenwich. Period. Other than that, not much to do in Island Gardens, there isn't even one pub. more »
We visited gardens while in Greenwich for the day via Thames cruise. Very impressed by cleanliness of gardens situated at entrance to Thames foot tunnel which is also worth a visit. more »
Excellent point for crossing the Thames with a bike. Splendid places on each side of the river at this point. Crossing is free and very far down the Thames. This is probably the furthest down the Thames you can cross for free on foot. The Blackwall tunnel is free for cars and bikes but not please t by bike. Every other means costs money for bike pedestrian car etc...
It is a beautiful place to visit, due to the picturesque views towards Thames River. It was crowded but plausible as I have visited on a weekend. But still there was enough space to lay down on the grace and chill out. For those who are food lovers there is a market where you can buy different types of food from. Greenwich Park is not far from there . I would recommend it.
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