thoroughfares along the banks of the Thames in central London; the one on the north side of the river, the ‘Victoria Embankment’, or just ‘the Embankment’, is the longer and grander; it was constructed between 1864 and 1870, mostly on what had been mudflats at the river’s edge and incorporated the ‘District’ sub-surface railway line under the roadway; a shorter embankment on the south side of the river was built in 1869 as the ‘Albert Embankment’