On the Sunday of Open Gardens Square Weekend (9 June 2019), Meryl Pugh will be poet in residence at Bryanston Square. Pugh is the author of Natural Phenomena (2018, Penned in the Margins) and two pamphlets, The Bridle (2011, Salt) and Relinquish (2007, Arrowhead Press). She has a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from UEA and teaches for Morley College as well as the Poetry School.
Bryanston Square is an early 19th century garden square built on the Portman Estate between 1811 and 1821. The properties on the east and west sides feature grand stuccoed fronts and columns and pediments at each corner and in the centre (the latter now lost). The garden, which was provided for residents of the surrounding houses, features magnificent old London plane trees set among other flowering trees. Planting includes rhododendron, azalea, camellia, weigela, dogwood, viburnum, mahonia and hydrangea. A memorial drinking fountain was erected in 1863 at the south end and there is an early 19th century cast-iron water pump in the form of a Doric column at the north end.
For one very special weekend in June, London’s hidden green spaces open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. Open Garden Squares Weekend highlights some of the best gardens and green spaces that make up the rich tapestry of London’s green infrastructure, but there are many others – just as valuable to their communities – which are in decline or under threat of development.
Funds raised during OGSW mean that the London Parks and Gardens Trust can continue its work to protect them. With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore a huge variety of gardens which are usually closed to the public – and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family.
Entrance (Sells Tickets)
Middle of east side, opposite No. 11
Nearest postcode: W1H 2DH
2, 13, 30, 74, 82, 139, 189, 274
Baker Street, Marble Arch
Cycle hire station
Shouldham Street (Map)
Paddington Street (Map)
Working assistance dogs only