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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

Portman Square

Portman Square
(Photo: Adeline Schlumberger)
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 12:00–17:00

Activities

There is a children's play area.

Poet in residence: Jade Cuttle (Details)

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

West side of square, opp Hyatt Churchill Hotel
Nearest postcode: W1H 7BH

Buses

2, 13, 30, 74, 113, 139, 189, 274, plus buses in Oxford Street

Stations

Marble Arch, Bond Street

Cycle hire station

Portman Square (Map)

Public toilets

Barrett Street (Map)
Saturday 07:30-23:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

The Garden

Henry William Portman developed the first square in the 18th century on 200 acres. It was immediately popular due to neighbouring buildings by Robert Adam and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The gardens once contained a movable temple, erected by the Turkish ambassador to enjoy the seasons. First laid out around 1780 as a wilderness, it was re-landscaped in the early 1900s. Today there is a private garden square of one hectare (2.5 acres) which is shaded by magnificent plane trees. There is also a children’s play area and a tennis court. The secluded and peaceful garden won a Silver award at the London Gardens Society competition in 2018.

Gardener: Gavin Jones / Douglas Vieira
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 12:00–17:00

Activities

There is a children's play area.

Poet in residence: Jade Cuttle (Details)

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

West side of square, opp Hyatt Churchill Hotel
Nearest postcode: W1H 7BH

Buses

2, 13, 30, 74, 113, 139, 189, 274, plus buses in Oxford Street

Stations

Marble Arch, Bond Street

Cycle hire station

Portman Square (Map)

Public toilets

Barrett Street (Map)
Saturday 07:30-23:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

Nearby gardens with similar opening times
Montagu Square W1H 2LA
0.2 km / 0.1 miles
Sunday: 10:00–17:00
A fine example of late Georgian architecture and the only purely residential square left in Westminster, with a beautiful, tranquil, shady garden. Railings recently restored.

Manchester Square Gardens W1U 3AB
0.3 km / 0.2 miles
Sunday: 14:00–17:00
A beautiful Georgian square with a fine collection of trees, shrubs and plants, first laid out in 1776-88. A major ongoing replanting programme began in 2006.

Bryanston Square W1H 2DH
0.4 km / 0.2 miles
Sunday: 10:00–17:00
A square laid out to a grand design between 1811 and 1821, with plane trees and other flowering shrubs.

Dorset Square NW1 6QJ
0.9 km / 0.5 miles
Sunday: 10:00–17:00
Central feature of an urban layout by the Portman Estate (1815-20). The site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, established in 1787.

Park Square & Park Crescent Gardens NW1 4LH
1.2 km / 0.8 miles
Saturday: 10:00–17:00
Sunday: 10:00–17:00
One of London's largest private squares, designed and laid out by John Nash. Dominated by plane trees planted in 1817 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. An original and unique feature of the garden is the Nursemaids' Tunnel.