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9–10 June 2018

9–10 June 2018

Portman Square

Portman Square
(Photo: The Portman Estate)
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 14:00–17:00

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

West side of square, opp Hyatt Churchill Hotel
Nearest postcode: W1H 7BH

Buses

2, 13, 30, 74, 113, 139, 189, 274, plus buses in Oxford Street

Stations

Marble Arch, Bond Street

Cycle hire station

Portman Square (Map)

Public toilets

Barrett Street (Map)
Saturday 07:30-23:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

The Garden

The first square was developed in the 18th century by Henry William Portman on 200 acres of meadow passed down from a Tudor ancestor. It was immediately popular due to surrounding buildings by Robert Adam and James ‘Athenian' Stuart.

The gardens were laid out around 1780 as a wilderness and once contained a movable temple, erected by the Turkish ambassador to enjoy the seasons.

Today a private garden of one hectare (2.5 acres) is enclosed by a clipped privet hedge, with notable London plane trees and other varied trees and shrubs. There is a children's play area and a tennis court.

Winner of Silver award in the 2017 London Gardens Society competition, large private square category.

Gardener: Gavin Jones / Douglas Vieira
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 14:00–17:00

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

West side of square, opp Hyatt Churchill Hotel
Nearest postcode: W1H 7BH

Buses

2, 13, 30, 74, 113, 139, 189, 274, plus buses in Oxford Street

Stations

Marble Arch, Bond Street

Cycle hire station

Portman Square (Map)

Public toilets

Barrett Street (Map)
Saturday 07:30-23:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

Nearby gardens with similar opening times
Manchester Square Gardens W1U 3AB
0.3 km / 0.2 miles
Sunday: 14:00–17:00
A beautiful Georgian square with a fine collection of trees, shrubs and plants, first laid out in 1776-88. A major ongoing replanting programme began in 2006.

Bryanston Square W1H 2DH
0.4 km / 0.2 miles
Sunday: 10:00–17:00
A square laid out to a grand design between 1811 and 1821, with plane trees and other flowering shrubs.

Dorset Square NW1 6QJ
0.9 km / 0.5 miles
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Central feature of an urban layout by the Portman Estate (1815-20). The site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, established in 1787.

Regent's University London NW1 4NS
1 km / 0.6 miles
Sunday: 14:00–17:00
University garden covering 11 acres, set within Regent's Park, originally home to the pioneering Bedford College for Women.

Park Square & Park Crescent Gardens NW1 4LH
1.2 km / 0.8 miles
Saturday: 10:00–17:00
Sunday: 10:00–17:00
One of London's largest private squares, designed and laid out by John Nash. Dominated by plane trees planted in 1817 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. An original and unique feature of the garden is the Nursemaids' Tunnel.