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Dorset Square

Dorset Square
(Photo: Adeline Schlumberger)

The Garden

Dorset Square was laid out on the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground in 1787. The square is the central feature of an urban layout planned by the Portman Estate (1815-20) and one of few intact Georgian squares in London. Three properties bear Blue Plaques to denote famous inhabitants of the square: Sir Laurence Gomme (1853-1916), who was an early pioneer of the Blue Plaques scheme, has the 800th plaque at 24 Dorset Square; George Grossmith, who co-wrote The Diary of a Nobody, and Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmatians, both have plaques to commemorate their residence.

Gardener: Mario Crasta

Further information on London Gardens Trust Inventory

Visitor Information

Open
Sunday 10:00–17:00
Activities
Picnics allowed.
Entrance
West gate
Nearest postcode: NW1 6QJ
What 3 Words: universally.times.watch
Buses
2, 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 113, 205, 274, 453
Stations
Marylebone, Baker Street
Cycle hire station
Dorset Square (Map)
Public toilets
Paddington Street (Map)
Open Saturday 09:00-18:00
Open Sunday 09:00-18:00
Dogs
Working assistance dogs only

Getting here

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