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Montagu Square

Montagu Square
(Photo: Colin Wing)

The Garden

Montagu Square is Westminster's only remaining purely residential square and it has a beautiful, tranquil, shady garden. The square was laid out by the estate's architect, James Thompson Parkinson, around 1800 and named after Elizabeth Montagu of nearby (now demolished) Montagu House. She is remembered for her literary Blue Stocking Society and the annual May Day party for chimney-climbing boys attended by, among others, a young David Porter. He started life as a chimney sweep but grew up to be the builder of Montagu Square. More recently, the residents restored the railings, which had been removed during WWII.

Gardener: Joseph Jones

Further information on London Gardens Trust Inventory

Visitor Information

Open
Saturday 10:00–17:00
Activities
Tea, coffee and biscuits.
Entrance
Gate in George Street
Nearest postcode: W1H 2LA
Buses
2, 13, 30, 74, 82, 139, 159, 274
Stations
Marble Arch, Baker Street
Cycle hire station
George Place Mews (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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