London Parks & Gardens Trust

Docks and Ducks

King's Stairs Gardens

King's Stairs Gardens

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From the Angel pub continue along the path parallel with the river into King's Stairs Gardens. At the farther end of the gardens, take the riverside path, which later leaves the riverside to reach Rotherhithe Street.

You may need to follow a diversion while Thames Water's works are taking place.


First proposed in 1947 as an extension to Southwark Park, the gardens finally opened in 1982. The eponymous stairs would have been used by Edward III to reach the nearby manor house.

The gardens are currently under threat of closure while Thames Water constructs a new sewer.