(Photo: David Lowe)
Named after Queen Charlotte, formerly Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the square was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell and Joseph Kay for the Foundling Estate in the early 19th century.
The grade II-listed two-acre garden was laid out in 1810-12. It remains close to the original design, with fine mature planes and other ornamental trees, formal lawns and gravel paths. A section devoted to plants from New Zealand includes a number of rarities. A herb garden has been planted with assistance from the Wellcome Trust.
A children's play area, barbecue area and tennis court cater for the large number of postgraduate students and their families living around the square.
- Sunday 12:00–17:00
- Leaflet describing the garden and celebrating its 200th anniversary available. We hope to offer a charity cake stall run by children of the residents.
Saturday June 18th
Garden Squares of Bloomsbury walk begins at 11am on the front steps of The Goodenough Club, 23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AD. We will go into that Square (usually closed) and the walk will end at Bedford Square (about 1 hour). Just show up.
Gate on east side of square
Nearest postcode: WC1N 2AD
- 17, 45, 46 + 19, 38, 55, 243
- Russell Square, King's Cross
- Cycle hire station:
- Wren Street (Map)
- Public toilets:
- St Pancras International Station:
Saturday 00:00-24:00 + Sunday 00:00-24:00 (Map)
- Wheelchair accessible.
- Working assistance dogs only