The GardensKing's Stairs Gardens (also known locally as Park 2000) is one of the last remaining riverside parks in London. It is a beautiful green space which is bordered by Jamaica Road to the south, Fulford Street to the west, the houses of Elephant Lane and King Stairs Close and Mayflower Street to the east and the River Thames to the north.
The park was awarded a considerable sum of money by the National Lottery Fund in 1998 and underwent a refurbishment programme and the popular children's playground was designed in consultation with the local community. King's Stairs Gardens is used by joggers, walkers and cyclists on the Thames Path and it is hard to find space on the grassy knoll in the summertime. It is in a densely populated residential area and for most people that don't have gardens themselves, this is their garden. For children the entire park is their playground, to meet with friends, to run, to play, to climb and to be free from the confines of their balconies or patios. It is a tranquil spot and often described as an oasis. You would not know that you were in the inner part of London, only for the magnificent views of its landmarks. Tourists enjoy the trail to historic Rotherhithe village and stop at this very spot to reach for their cameras to capture the riverside vista.
As described on Southwark Council's website 'Rotherhithe itself is one of London's hidden gems - lovingly preserved and rebuilt around the docks. Rich in history and architecture, the Rotherhithe peninsula boasts some of the best views of London's iconic skylines - from the City to Canary Wharf. It is a great place to visit and a unique place to live.'
The park has been designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. It contributes to an unbroken green corridor from Surrey Quays to the Thames. King Stairs Gardens has many mature trees and provides an important mix of habitats which is important to local wildlife.
King's Stairs Gardens has its connections with royalty. King Edward III used the stairs to access his manor house on Bermondsey Wall East. The Jubilee stone, which is situated by the riverside, was unveiled by Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex on 5 July 2002 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It replaced an earlier stone unveiled by The Queen herself on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Slide show of King's Stairs Gardens
Google map of King's Stairs Gardens
Thames Water's Plans