Samuel Pepys Cockerell and Joseph Kay designed this Square, named after Queen Charlotte (formerly Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz) for the Foundling Estate in the early 19th century. The Grade II listed two-acre garden, laid out in 1810-12, remains close to the original design with fine mature planes and other ornamental trees, formal lawns and gravel paths. A New Zealand plant section includes some rarities. There is a fern bed, and a herb garden planted with assistance from the Wellcome Trust. A children’s play area, barbecue pits and tennis court cater for the keyholders and their families, including postgraduate students of Goodenough College.
A hidden central London gem on the site of Charles Dickens' house, designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted extensively with medicinal herbs. Guest speakers will discuss where nature meets art and architecture. Café open.
Built between 1775 and 1786, Bedford Square is the finest and most complete Georgian square in London and set the style for garden squares in the capital through the late 18th and early 19th centuries.