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Lily Savage restores Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to its former glory

Posted at 6:15 pm, February 16, 2012 in News
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Paul O’Grady – aka Lily Savage – joined local residents and businesses in Vauxhall to celebrate the completion the renovation of one of London’s historic public spaces today (Feb 16). The Spring Gardens, formerly the site of the famous Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, was once the preferred stomping ground of the likes of Casanova and Shelly. Unfortunately the area was levelled in the 19th century to make way for housing and despite being restored as a public space in the 1970s, the park failed to regain its former glory. Local residents have teamed up with the ‘Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens’ to lead the £200,000 renovation in association with Lambeth Council, architects DSDHA and artist Martin Richman, in which the parks original title will be formally restored. Head to the new entrance on Kennington Lane (you’ll won’t be able to miss it – there are two huge illuminated columns) and check out the new landscaping, planting and sports pitches. While you are there, ponder what should be placed on top of the columns, as in the coming months there’ll be a competition to decide.

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