It is strange that what is now a rather elegant stretch of Thames riverside, a real adornment to the capital, should have come into being as part of a scheme to end the appalling state of the river, in days gone by an open sewer. Victorian civil engineering genius Sir Joseph Bazalgette designed and built the Embankment along Chelsea and Victoria’s waterside, where now some distinctly posh floating restaurants and similar amenities can be found, the land beside them known as the Embankment Gardens where a wealth of statuary can be seen during a pleasant stroll to take the air – rather better air than before Bazalgette cured ‘The Great Stink’.

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