What were Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens like?
As London became more built up in the 17th and 18th centuries, Londoners began to need open spaces to relax in. Pleasure gardens were built at the edge of the city and were privately run. The most famous were Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
The people who went to the gardens were the highest in society, including members of the royal family. They went to be entertained and to escape from the noise and pollution of the city. There were also pickpockets and prostitutes, who frequented the gardens and gave them a truly mixed atmosphere.
- Introduction (this page)
- What was special about visiting the Vauxhall Gardens?
- What could people do and see at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens?
- Were pleasure gardens safe?
- How did the Pleasure Gardens change?
- What happened to Vauxhall Gardens?
- Further information
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