Potters Fields Park - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This is a brand new park for London. The refurbishment has turned this from a simple piece of grassland to something very different. There is still grass here, which still needs mowing. I was waiting for the person doing the mowing to move to one end of Potters Fields Park before taking this panoramic photograph, but then he went on a break leaving the mower in the open as a kind of industrial monument or statue. The window cleaning crane had just swung into action too. The sun had come out again, it was time to take this picture and move on. The layout of the former park is still visible on the satellite view of the Google map of London (June 2007).
Potters Fields Park - FURTHER INFORMATION
Potters Fields Park - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Potters Fields Park' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Panorama of Potters Fields Park, between the GLA headquarters and Tower Bridge in London. This park overlooks the River Thames gives a great view of some of the most iconic buildings on earth. These include the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the City of London skyline with the world famous Swiss Re building ('The Gherkin') building. On the south of the river is the City Hall - home to the Greater London Authority (GLA), and the More London development. Moored in the Thames is the HMS Belfast, a floating museum that is part of the Imperial War Museum just outside The Hays Galleria. You can get free or reduced entry to many of the nearby attractions with the London Pass.
Potters Fields Park has recently been refurbished and opened in May 2007 with three days of special events to mark the event. As a result, Potters Filed Park now has 39 new trees to accompany the replanted existing trees. There is a newly installed huge delft patterned bench in memory of the old pottery industries in the area and a new delft-patterned entrance screens at Tooley Street. The giant granite seat steps shown in this panoramic photograph offer wide open views over the River Thames. New herbaceous beds have been planted and two refreshment kiosks are due to be finished in the summer of 2007.
The work was carried out by a partnership of Southwark Council with developers More London and the Pool of London Partnership regeneration agency to create a world class park next to the Thames. The refurbishment project cost £3m refurbishment project took 12 months to complete on site, funded partly via a section 106 planning agreement between Southwark Council and More London. This refurbishment is also part of the Mayor of London's 100 Public Spaces programme which intends to refurbish and renew 100 parks and squares in London in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee, Northern lines), Tower Hill (Circle, District lines)
DLR: Tower Gateway.