Inventory Site Record

Lowndes Square (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

This private communal garden was provided for residents of Lowndes Square, which was developed from 1836 as part of the Cadogan Estate by Thomas Cubitt and Seth Smith. It was once part of the estate of William Lowndes of Chesham, after whom it is named. The garden has original gate piers but the railings date from the C20th. Within are fine mature plane trees, a peripheral path, shrubs around the edge and a central planting feature.

Practical Information
Site location:
Lowndes Square
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Garden Square
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Opening times:
private, for keyholders only
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly). Bus: C1, 19, 22, 137.
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

This is part of the Cadogan Estate developed by Thomas Cubitt and Seth Smith from the 1830s. Having leased land from Lord Grosvenor they drained an area of marshland on the banks of the Westbourne river called the Five Fields, and began to lay out Belgravia. The land of Lowndes Square was once part of the estate of William Lowndes of Chesham, after whom it is named, and had previously been two fields either side of the river. Building of Lowndes Square began in 1836 with the east and north sides built between 1838-49, the west side was begun in 1844; the south side was part of a development by Lewis Cubitt, Thomas's younger brother. The former uniformity of the architecture of the square has disappeared with redevelopment on the north and east sides in the form of mansion blocks. In 1928 described as 'a long narrow enclosure laid out as an ornamental garden with shrubberies and some well-grown trees. Overlooked by dwelling-houses'. They are now surrounded by C20th cast metal railings that are square in section (c.1930).

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed). RBKC Hans Town Conservation Area Proposals Statement, 2000; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ279795 (527914,179547)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
Cadogan Estate?
Site management:
Listed structures:
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
In Conservation Area:
Conservation Area name:
Hans Town
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

Lowndes Square

Lowndes Square - Photo: Colin Wing
Date taken: 04/06/07 16:06

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