Portman Square

Portman Square
(Photo: The Portman Estate)
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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.  The last major rejuvenation of the garden was in 2005.

: Gavin Jones Group

Visitor Information

Open:
Sunday 14:00–17:00
Entrance:
West side of square
Nearest postcode: W1H 7BH
Sells tickets.
Buses:
2, 13, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274, plus buses in Oxford Street
Stations:
Marble Arch, Bond Street
Cycle hire station:
Portman Square (Map)
Public toilets:
Marble Arch: Saturday 10:00-23:00 + Sunday 10:00-23:00 (Map)
Dogs:
Working assistance dogs only

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London Gardens Online www
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