Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Vauxhall, 1804


Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was a popular 'Theme Park' for London for two hundred years from the middle of the 17th century.

The collaboration of Jonathan Tyers, the owner and the painter William Hogarth contributed to its success following its reopening in June 1732, gaining it popularity with the aristocracy and royalty of the day.

Covering 12 acres of tree lined walks and supper-boxes, performances included fireworks displays, concerts, ballets and masquerades.

Before 1750 the only access was via the river and Vauxhall Stairs.

It started to decline in popularity from the 1830s and opened for the last time in July 1859. The site was subsequently developed for housing and is now marked by Tyers Street and Spring Gardens.

Drawn by Pugh, engraved by Rhodes and published by R.Phillips, 11th June 1804.