Vauxhall Gardens



  • A popular pleasure resort for Londoners, first laid out in 1660 as NewSpring Gardens. The riverside gardens are mentioned in Restoration dramas byCongreve, Wycherley, and Vanbrugh and were later described by both Dickensand Thackeray. Vauxhall was a place of musical entertainment, fancy-dress balls,banquets, and fireworks, etc., and at night was lit by over 1000 lamps. seealso Cremorne Gardens; Ranelagh Gardens.