Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens date back to 1661 when people would go to the gardens to stroll and watch the world go by.
The gardens became the height of fashion in the 1700’s when they were visited by the Prince of Wales, and it was at this time that the statue of Handel was commissioned for the entrance. Society would promenade along the Grand Walk and dine at great expense in one of the many ‘supper boxes’.
The gardens remained an important attraction until the 1820’s, but after that started to go downhill and finally closed in 1859.
Fast forward to the 21st Century when the Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was formed to help rejuvenate the area for the local community, and VGCC was instrumental in getting a festival going in the Gardens.
You can read more about the Pleasure Gardens at www.friendsofvauxhallpleasuregardens.org.uk/history.htm.