Berkeley Square

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Berkeley Square
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Neighborhood: Mayfair
Set beside some of London's best parks and home to world-class galleries, luxurious hotels, and famed thoroughfares, the ultra upscale Mayfair is one of London's most exclusive haunts. Here the shopping is haute, the dining is exquisite, and the nightlife is vibrant. A casual stroll through the area’s chic streets will reveal that Michelin stars and chauffeured cars are practically the norm here. Even if you're on a tight budget, this exceptionally well connected swath of Central London is worth exploring, if only for the chance to take a peak at the goings on of upper crust English society.
How to get there
  • Green Park • 5 min walk
  • Bond St • 8 min walk
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK14,465 contributions
A very pleasant green space in London W1.
Oct 2021
Berkeley Square is a lovely oval shaped park with London Plane Trees in Mayfair in London W1. It was laid out, extending further south, in the mid 18th century by the architect William Kent. There are a good number of benches available upon which to sit and read a book or to just take 5 minutes green rest in the City of Westminster. The park is surrounded by some beautiful house, many of which have been (are) homes to the rich and famous. There is an unusual English Heritage 'Blue Plaque' on the shelter in the centre of the square which I can only assume is something to do with the Earth's rising waterline due to climate change (See photo). In summary a nice park in a very pleasant upmarket part of the City.
Written October 16, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,499 contributions
No Nighhtingales There When I Visited
Jul 2021
After a day walking round Central London it's good to find somewhere to chill out. Berkeley Square has plenty of benches to sit upon and rest before you go on to the next part of your day.

It's not too far from Regents Street and Bond Stree in one direction, Park Lane in the opposite direction and Oxford Street in the North.

Worth checking out if you are in the area.
Written July 25, 2021
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Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
A pretty square for an alfresco lunch under ancient plane trees
Oct 2020
Berkeley Square Gardens is an attractive and leafy green spot in the middle of salubrious Mayfair, but as far as London’s myriad of squares go, it’s probably not the grandest nor the most beautiful. But if you are in Mayfair and looking for a picnic spot, its a pleasant spot to sit and while away an hour or two. There’s plenty of seating along the paths, though the hordes of workers from nearby businesses make a beeline here for their lunch break.

The gardens date back to the 1660s when Berkeley House was built on the north side of Piccadilly for the first Lord Berkeley of Stratton, with grounds stretching into Mayfair. The house was sold in 1696 with the stip­u­la­tion that its grounds be preserved, thus setting aside the space that became the square.

The gardens are an elongated oval in shape, and are laid out in a very simple plan of four grass squares with two dissecting gravel paths which cross in the centre. In the centre of the gardens is a pump house with a Chinese-style roof, erected in the early 1800s. However, the square’s most notable feature are the huge plane trees around the fringes of the park. Some of these were planted in 1789 by Edward Bouverie who lived at 13 Berkeley Square. In the spring and summer these beautiful shade trees make the perfect spot for an alfresco lunch.

There’s some interesting pieces of sculpture in the square. Alexander Munro’s graceful marble statue of the repentant biblical sinner, the 'Woman of Samaria' (also known as the 'Water Carrier') was the gift of Henry Petty-Fitz­mau­rice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, in 1858. Its nymph-like form, with bare breasts, is pouring water from a vase into a basin. It replaced an equestrian statue of George II; the statue was made of lead and apparently buckled under the weight and had to be removed. On one recent visit to the garden square there was a sculpture of a giant hare crawling across the grassy lawns, by  British artist Sophie Ryder. Ryder creates her large animal sculptures from wet plaster, old machine parts, scavenged toys, tangled wire and torn bits of paper, giving them an odd link between the natural and the human world which is reinforced by a duality in her animal’s bodies. Her sculpture of the hare is no exception. Its curious black form was constructed from all manner of bits and pieces. It had feet and hands that look human.  In fact if you looked carefully at the hare, it could be human until you reach the head. It was almost a bit spooky.

Enjoy your visit.
Written February 6, 2021
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Diana M. Getsy-Holiday
Youngstown, OH5 contributions
A definite place to visit on Holiday
Feb 2020
I own a beautiful Armoire from BERKLEY QUARE Antique. It was one of the loviest memories of my time in London . It has changed over time, and with renovation even lovelier !
DGHoliday RN, ICADC
Written January 16, 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
A great spot to enjoy lunch
Jul 2020
One of London's largest green squares with a fine collection of plane trees around its perimeter, said to be the oldest in London planted in 1789, it is a popular space for local workers to enjoy, relax, sit and have lunch. It is also used for occasional event such as art fairs when marquees are installed at the northern end.

The buildings around it are full of art galleries, car showrooms, offices, restaurants, clubs and Phillips Auction House. This is one of the green hearts of Mayfair and I enjoy having lunch here with food bought in one of the local takeaways.

Sadly, you do not hear any nightingales here these days, but it is a delightful space in the heart of Mayfair and is used for occasional scuplture to compliment the 19th century fountain, the current one being the enormous hare 'Crawling' by Sophie Ryder.
Written July 30, 2020
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
Construction Zone in September
Sep 2019
Construction Zone in September

We were back in London/Mayfair in September, and I was saddened to see that Berkeley Square was a complete construction zone. I could not determine what was being done, but almost 100% of the Square was behind construction barricades, with workmen, and heavy equipment everywhere. Even traffic around Berkeley Square was being disrupted, and it was much heavier, than normal - and it always seems to be heavy.

I am hoping that by our next visit, the lovely Square will be open again, and I will be interested to see the improvements/changes.
Written June 4, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,059 contributions
Large rabbit?
Mar 2020 • Friends
Unlike anything else I had seen in my bus tour - most statues have been men on horseback. This was a pleasant surprise.
Written March 19, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
A London garden with changing art
Mar 2020 • Solo
Berkeley Square, famous for the song about nightingales, which you will be hard- pressed to hear today, is one of London's largest and most pleasant garden squares, laid out in the 18th century and with some of the oldest plane trees in London.

At the north end is Phillips auction house, leading north to several art galleries, and there is a new art installation outside. In the garden itself is a spot where different galleries install sculptures, currently Sophie Ryder's 'Crawling' with a hare that looks too much like a human for comfort.

There are plenty of seats in the gardens, very popular at lunchtime.
Written March 12, 2020
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Mohamed Imthiaz
Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates25 contributions
A cool hideout in the central London
Nov 2019
A very quiet place in Mayfair London with its beautiful architectural buildings and greeneries around in a high-end Market arena.
Written January 8, 2020
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Pavel Grushin
11 contributions
Memorable
Oct 2019 • Business
A petite, magical park in the middle of a affluent district makes this the perfect rendez vous venue for a working Londoner!
Written October 8, 2019
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