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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

A Sunday walk around Marylebone

By Adeline Schlumberger

This walk links gardens open on Sunday.

Please check garden opening times before starting your walk.

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This Sunday afternoon walk takes you around the gardens of Marylebone, where you will experience your hosts’ enthusiasm for their lovely squares.

From Bond Street underground station, walk to Selfridges, then turn right into Orchard Street to Manchester Square Gardens (open 2-5pm), a beautiful Georgian square. The Wallace Collection, situated north of Manchester Square, is worth visiting (open daily 10am-5pm, with free admission to the permanent collection).

(Wigmore Hall is not far away at 36 Wigmore Street – perhaps you could try this walk after hearing the Hugo Wolf Quartett play Haydn, Komitas and Janáček on Sunday morning!)

Take Fitzhardinge Street on the west of the square to Portman Square (open 2-5pm), with winding paths and informal planting shaded by London plane trees. You can spot Home House club, a Georgian town house, at 20 Portman Square.

Montagu Square
Montagu Square (Photo: Colin Wing)


Turn right onto Gloucester Place. Take the first turning left to George Street and have a look at the charming Gloucester Place Mews on your right. On your right you will arrive at Montagu Square (open 10am5pm), a narrow, oblong, tranquil garden and the only purely residential square left in Westminster.

Further on, on the right, is Bryanston Square (open 10am-5pm), an early 19th-century garden square with notable London plane trees and a memorial drinking fountain. Look out for the 19th-century tiles.

For a shorter walk, head south down Great Cumberland Place to reach Marble Arch underground station.

Otherwise head north along the square and turn right at Montagu Place, left to Montagu Mews (N), and then right into Crawford Street/ Paddington Street. Further on you will find Paddington Street Gardens North and South, on both side of the road. Go through the southern garden towards the right, to exit at Moxon Street. Turn left at Garbutt Place (once called Paradise Place) and spot the blue plaque for Octavia Hill, then go to the Grotto Passage. This building was once a children’s home.

Arriving at Paddington Street, turn right, then left to Marylebone High Street (N). You will soon find on the left the Garden of Rest, adjacent to Marylebone Church, containing gravestones and memorials.

On coming to the Marylebone Road, you can turn right to reach Regent's Park underground station or left to reach Baker Street station.