August 27, 2013 | | Comments 0

London Day 7: Stroll Down Victoria Embankment

Upon returning from Hampton Court to Waterloo, Ben decided to take a walk down the Victoria Embankment since it’s nearby. Victoria Embankment is the narrow sliver of a public park, created when the Embankment was built.

Crossing the Waterloo Bridge to go to Victoria Embankment.

View of Thames River with Waterloo Bridge in the foreground and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background from the Victoria Embankment.

Decorative benches.

View of London Eye from Victoria Embankment.

Cleopatra’s Needle on Victoria Embankment was a gift from the ruler of Egypt and Sudan; Muhammad Ali in 1819.

It is to commemorate the victories of Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and Sir Ralph Abercromby at the Battle of Alexandria.

Two bronze sphinxes sandwich the Cleopatra’s Needle.

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