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London Open Gardens 8-9 June 2024

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Gloucester Square NEW

Returning for the first time since 2006

Gloucester Square
(Photo: Colin Wing)

The Garden

At 1.6 acres, Gloucester Square is the second largest garden in the Hyde Park Estate. The surrounding environs offer an eclectic mix of original Italianate white stucco townhouses, and more recent developments by 20th century modernist architects.

Built between 1838 and 1843, Gloucester Square was the first garden square in London where some of the houses (16 of 48) were built to face a central garden to which they had direct access (Toplis, 1974). Original residents included the pre-eminent engineer, Robert Stephenson, who lived and passed away at no.34.

A detailed history of the square, and interactive historical map, can be found at

Contract Gardener: Gravitas Gardens

Further information on London Parks & Gardens Inventory

Visitor Information

Saturday 10:00–16:00
The garden will be offering a relaxed open day to visitors, who are welcome to make use of the expansive lawn, benches, and four table-seating locations. We kindly ask that visitors dispose of any food waste in the bins provided.

A new playground celebrating former resident Robert Stephenson is due to be installed in early 2024 and will be available during the open day. Further details on the play area can be found at

Within 100 metres of the garden's south gate, visitors will find the famed Victoria pub and other restaurants, including Maximini, owned by Jimmy Choo.

Picnics allowed.
North gate
Nearest postcode: W2 2TB
Map of nearby bus stops
Cycle hire station
Southwick Street (Map)
Public toilets
Kensington Gardens - Marlborough Gate (Map)
Open Saturday 09:00-20:00
Open Sunday 09:00-20:00
Access via the garden's north gate, which consists of a sloped ramp down to a compacted-gravel path. Two tables are directly accessible from the path with spaces for wheelchairs.
Working assistance dogs only

Getting here

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More links

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