“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything”. Cicero
The Garden Squares of London are what really makes the city distinguished in its residential offering compared to other major cities in Europe. These exclusive gated gardens are steeped in history and are treasured sanctuaries amongst the hustle and bustle of busy London living.
With a wide offering of public parks and gardens, London is the greenest city of its size in the world and the private garden squares are an essential contributor to the preservation of its remarkable biodiversity. London gardens are cherished. English Heritage, The National Trust and The London Parks & Gardens Trust work to document, protect and enhance the numerous green spaces around the city. Education is promoted and enjoyment encouraged for the local and social histories the areas capture.
Though the term “Garden Squares” may trigger imagery of perpendicular, uniform squares of green land restricted within a city grid, often these unique railed gardens come in various shapes and sizes - each with its own story and origins for residents to explore.