For today’s mini lunch travel I went to the museum of London. I have lived in the great city all my life and this is the first time I actually stepped foot there. What a brilliant little museum it is! Full of surprises.
The museum takes you through a journey in time in London, with the Victorian section being the winner for me. Full of Victoria facades, shops, Street lights and even a mini Victorian pub and toy shop, you find yourself strolling through history.
I used to work in Vauxhall and the pleasure gardens was somewhere I’d eat during the hotter seasons with my Tesco meal deal. Today I learnt where the name came from. As the city was being built up, the people sought out green space, to escape and enjoy a stroll. For a small fee Londonders were granted access to these fountain filled, tree lined enclosed flowered gardens. With many different classes finding themselves brushing shoulders. With an orchestra playing at the grand stands and evenings ending with fireworks the idea of these pleasure gardens became more and more in demand, spreading across Europe and American cities. Many being named “Vauxhall” after the famous Park I used to eat about, oblivious of its impact on our gardens.
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