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Discover Lee Valley’s Best Kept Secret

The ‘Lee Valley Regional Park’ was once a bustling hub within the UK production industry. Containing everything from working gravel pits and munitions factories, to waterworks sites, distilleries and more. Left abandoned as industry spread across the UK, during the time before the Second World War, the Lee Valley lay derelict, it wasn’t until the early 1960’s that local councils began to regenerate the area, bringing us to the stunning and exciting area that the Lee Valley area is today. According to Visit Lee Valley, we’ve got the ex-Mayor of Hackney to thank for that:

“Rescuing the Lee Valley from its years of neglect and regenerating it as a ‘great playground for Londoners’ was questionable before the Second World War. It was suggested in Sir Patrick Abercrombie’s Greater London Plan in 1944 that ‘the Valley gives the opportunity for a great piece of regenerative planning…..every piece of land welded into a great regional reservation’. During the early post-war period the idea lay dormant until in 1961 when Alderman Lou Sherman, Mayor of Hackney, took up the challenge to regenerate the Valley. He inspired and persuaded seventeen other local authorities to support him and in 1963 the Civic Trust was invited to undertake an appraisal of the Valley’s potential as a vast leisure and recreational resource.”

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To really delve into the natural beauty of the Lee Valley, you simply must visit Roydon Marina Village, the home of a stunning marina, and loads of excellent facilities including our Boathouse Bar, Boat Brokerage, the Marina Hotel and a range of holiday accommodation, including hot tub lodges for those who wish to experience some extra special luxury during their visit.

Roydon Marina Village also offers residential park homes for those who want to make their visit to the Lee Valley that little more long-lasting. Our park homes exist on a purpose built estate, looking out onto the Marina with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. We even have luxury lodges for sale, which offer exclusive living in an exceptional location, just 30 minutes out of central London, making it an easy commute, through the picturesque surroundings.

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