(Photo: The Portman Estate)
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.
Gavin Jones Group
- Sunday 14:00–17:00
West side of square, opp Hyatt Churchill Hotel
Nearest postcode: W1H 7BH
- 2, 13, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274, plus buses in Oxford Street
- 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)
- Working assistance dogs only