London Parks & Gardens Trust

The Jubilee Walkway - Western Loop

Carlton House Terrace

Carlton House Terrace

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Directions

From the panel in the centre of Leicester Square, exit the square in the south-west corner by the Odeon West End Cinema. Follow the pedestrianised area south, down St Martin's Street, passing the Westminster reference library on the left. Continue straight ahead, passing between the two parts of the National Gallery.

Cross Pall Mall East using the pedestrian crossing and go down the right-hand side of Trafalgar Square, with Canada House on your right. Cross Cockspur Street at the bottom and turn right, leaving the Jubilee Walkway. (If you cannot manage steps, turn left instead, turn right into the Mall and pass through Admiralty Arch into St James's Park.) Follow the road around a slight bend to the left into Pall Mall. Turn left at the far side of the next street on the left, Waterloo Place. The gardens of Carlton House Terrace are on both sides of the road. Those that open for Open Garden Squares Weekend are on the right. There is a raised stone threshold at the gate.
If you are visiting this garden on Open Garden Squares Weekend, be careful to check the opening times.

Description

Carlton House, the London residence of the Prince Regent, was built (at great expense) on part of the site of the former royal garden of St James’s Palace and remodelled in 1813 by the Regency architect John Nash.

After becoming George IV, the Prince Regent lost interest in the house and it was demolished in 1827. Nash replaced it with Carlton House Terrace (1827–32) and Carlton Gardens (1830–33), houses for ‘persons of the highest social rank’.

Waterloo Place was Nash’s southern terminus for Regent Street. The central space between the two blocks of nine houses was intended to have a domed fountain, but is now occupied by steps down to the Mall and a column surmounted by a statue of Frederick Augustus, the ‘Grand Old Duke of York’.

The gardens have retained much of their 19th-century character, with serpentine paths, trees and shrubs. Handsome railings and a number of good statues define the perimeters of the gardens.

In 2008 the gardens were restored. The original path network has been reinstated with a firm surface of self-binding gravel. Replanting has added a greater variety of shrubs and groundcover more suited to the shaded environment.

If you are visiting this garden on Open Garden Squares Weekend, be careful to check the opening times.