London Parks & Gardens Trust

Anticlockwise Kensington Walk

Kensington Square

Kensington Square

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Directions

Go down Canning Place, the small street opposite Kensington Gate. At the end, after the street bends to the left, turn right into Victoria Grove, which continues into St Alban's Grove, at the end of which is the Builders' Arms pub. Turn right here into Kensington Court Place and then left into Thackeray Street. The poet T S Eliot lived in a flat on the right side. This leads you into Kensington Square.

Description

This is one of the earliest of London's garden squares, providing private communal gardens for residents of Kensington Square, which was laid out from 1692 in the centre of Thomas Young's development at Kensington. Originally called King's Square after James II, Kensington Square was largely surrounded by fields until 1840. Among famous residents were the painter Edward Burne-Jones, philosopher John Stuart Mill and musician Sir Charles Hubert Parry.