A guide to the garden squares in London’s W2 area and a recommendation as to which five garden squares to visit.
Some of the capital’s most sought-after properties look out onto garden squares. Buyers of properties on garden squares will pay a premium price for living on one, but it’s worth it.
Central London is awash with garden squares, and each offers a small oasis of calm in an otherwise frenetic, fast-paced environment. Garden squares were built for people to live in. They allow plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs to thrive in the middle of the metropolis, softening and enlivening the local city landscape.
Though some of the garden squares can be enjoyed by visitors, in many cases, the garden squares are only accessible to residents of the square. However, the Open Garden Squares Weekend in June offers access to visitors to the garden squares. But if you’re looking to settle in central London, the properties on garden squares are some of the most desirable in the capital.
The W2 area can boast many garden squares in addition to the vast green expanse of Hyde Park, one of London’s Royal Parks. Here are five garden squares we recommend you visit in the W2 area:
Porchester Square is only a stone’s throw from Paddington Station, and yet you wouldn’t know it when you’re sitting in the square. Lined with elegantly-proportioned, white Victorian townhouses, this square is smaller than many of central London’s garden squares, but it is no less charming. With trees, formal planting, walkways and plenty of benches to sit on, it’s the perfect place to steal a moment for yourself. The square gardens are open to the public.
Kensington Gardens Square
A private garden, Kensington Gardens Square is another of the smaller garden squares. Overlooked by stately, white period townhouses, in summer this square is idyllic. A well-maintained lawn is shaded in parts by trees. This is the perfect spot to meet friends for a picnic or catch up on some reading on one of the many park benches available.
Hyde Park Square
Hyde Park Square has a long, rectangular-shaped garden surrounded by well-appointed period townhouses. The area is exclusive, and the gardens are accessible solely to residents. However, the formal lawns, ornamental shrubs and flower displays really make this garden square sing.
Pembridge Square Gardens
Pembridge Square Gardens is a stunning communal garden square surrounded by a development of exquisite stucco-fronted Victorian properties in the Notting Hill/Bayswater area. The gardens are divided into different areas in which you can sit, and the charm of this garden square is the sense of seclusion. Pembridge Square Gardens comes into its own in the Autumn when the foliage, plants, and trees adopt a coppery-red hue.
Located north of Hyde Park and close to Marble Arch, Connaught Square was the first square of its kind to be built in the area. Lined with well-proportioned brick Georgian townhouses, the gardens are less formal in terms of flowerbeds and planting, but boast tree seats, a pleasant lawn area to sit on, and shaded areas.
Though some of these garden squares are not open to non-residents on a daily basis, there is an opportunity to visit them on the Open Garden Squares Weekend. Buying a property on one of these squares does give owners full access to the gardens and having the use of a garden is surely one of the best experiences of living in London.
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