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Strange days – London Pleasure Gardens


London Pleasure Gardens sees the transformation of the derelict, ex-industrial Pontoon Dock into a pleasure garden featuring round-the-clock music, arts, cafés and bars. The Gardens aim to revive the centuries-old tradition of pleasure gardens in London; in fact the Royal Docks had its own such garden between 1851 and 1884. Attractions include landscaped walkways, a wilderness meadow, RIBA-designed follies, street art by Shepard Fairey, RISK, Ron English and other graffiti legends, an oyster and champagne bar, two permanent music/arts venues, the 'harbour garden' installation made in collaboration with local community groups, and Silo D, a listed building with a purpose-built earthwork in front of it to accommodate audiences for projections, pyrotechnics shows and other events. Events scheduled over the summer include firework displays, music festivals and promenade performances.


London Pleasure Gardens Ltd has been placed into administration. The Joint Administrators understand that all events planned to take place were cancelled before their appointment and there are no plans to reinstate them at this time.

comments (7)

What a wonderful place- and beautiful art, and your photo with that incredible sky is just marvelous!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Sep 2012, 07:04
It's a pity the pleasure gardens didn't give more punters pleasure John
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 12 Sep 2012, 07:31
This is quirky and fascinating John, like Tiff, I think it's closure a shame.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Sep 2012, 07:41
There's something similar to this in Atlanta, John, called "Underground Atlanta." It was built to rejuvenate a section of downtown, undeground, with fancy shops and restaurants. It's had a couple of heydays in its history since 1969 but most of the time it's become an unsafe place no one wants to visit. Sad, indeed.
There is a similar project in Worcester called the Hive. It too is doomed to failure.
I very much like that old sites that do not perform the activity for which they were built, they become new attractions. Very good photo. A greeting.
I love the colours in this John, a wonderful shot!

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