Walking landmarks on 1066 Harold’s Way, Walk 1 Westminster to Greenwich
From the Hungerford Footbridge, walk back down the steps towards Charing Cross and to the right is a tunnel, underneath the railway lines. It leads to the Embankment Gardens where we take a short detour left, up Villiers Street, towards The Strand and by Gordon’s Wine Bar, is The Watergate on the right.
Gordon’s Wine Bar, presumed to be the oldest wine bar in London, is well worth a visit and a delight to sit outside if the weather is good and you can find a table.
Through the iron gate and down the steps into what was once a wharf on the north bank of the river. Into the park by the first gate and look back at the Watergate’s lost magnificence, marooned in the Embankment Gardens, a large and now useless memorial to the Dukes of Buckingham.
Before the Embankment was built, the river was much wider and The Watergate was once the private wharf for York House standing proud on the north bank of the Thames.
In 1747, close to here, Canaletto painted his view of the river with St Pauls in the background. With all the trees in the Embankment Gardens we will have to wait until Waterloo Bridge for a similar view to Canaletto.