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 the nearby (now demolished) Montagu House. She is remembered for her literary Blue Stocking Society and the annual May Day party for chimney-climbing boys; this was attended by, among others, a young David Porter, who 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.
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.