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Battersea Park, London

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Contact: +44 20 8871 7530
Open Hours: Office: 9a-5p M-F
Plenty happens at this royal park, opened in 1859 by Queen Victoria - there are fun fairs on bank holidays, tennis courts, a boating lake, a zoo, playgrounds, bicycle tracks, and a cafe. It's a lovely place to come for a stroll along the river on a clear, dry day. The Peace Pagoda, a gilt Buddha on the riverside built in 1985, is a memorial to the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. If you happen to be around to remember the 5th of November, enjoy the fireworks of Guy Fawkes Night. The park is open from 8a to dusk on all days.