Welcome to Riverside Walk Gardens
This small riverside green space is located next to Vauxhall Bridge. It consists of a series of curving tiered grass terraces and informal seating looking towards the adjacent river.
The space is triangular in form and contemporary in feel – it creates a calmer area adjacent to the busy Millbank Road and a more pleasant green route for those walking to Tate Britain or the river-bus pier. It is completely open at all times and from all sides, and is particularly well used by nearby office workers to eat their lunches or take a breath of fresh air.
The site includes a statue by Henry Moore entitled "Locking Piece" this is on loan from the near by Tate Britain and the Henry Moore foundation. It was created in 1963/64 and was discussed and described by Henry Moore himself in an extract from the Henry Moore Foundation Archive: " I was playing with two pebbles which I found like that and somehow or other they got locked together and I couldn't get them undone and I wondered how they got into position and it was like a clenched fist being tightly … Anyhow, eventually I did get it to [separate]; by turning and lifting, one piece came off the other. This gave one the idea of making two forms which would do that and later I called it 'Locking Piece' because they lock together.”
The current layout of Riverside Walk Gardens was designed and created in 2004 and was funded by London Development Agency, Cross River Partnership, Government Office for London and the Henry Moore Foundation along with the City of Westminster.
Historically before being a public garden the site was previously a dock and was notoriously the location from where criminals being transported to Australia boarded ships and embarked on their long journeys to the other side of the world. There is a commemorative pillar on site with an inscription remembering those who were sent to Australia many as a price to pay for relatively small and insignificant crimes. The inscription reads: "Near this site stood Millbank Prison, which was opened in 1816 and closed in 1890. This buttress stood at the head of the river steps from which, until 1867, prisoners sentenced to transportation embarked on their journey to Australia"
Disabled access to park but not along river walk (steps to Vauxhall Bridge)
If you would like to hold an event or film in this park please visit the Special Events website at www.westminster.gov.uk/specialevents or call 020 7641 2390.