On the Sunday of Open Gardens Square Weekend (9 June 2019), Anna Selby will be poet in residence at Montagu Square in leafy Marylebone W1H. Selby is a poet and naturalist. Her poetry often explores our connection with water and the natural world. She works collaboratively with choreographers, writes poetic studies of different species, en plein air, often underwater, and aims for these poems to share a sense of compassion and attentiveness to the environment.
Montagu Square is Westminster’s only remaining purely residential square and it has a beautiful, tranquil, shady garden. The square was laid out by the estate’s architect, James Thompson Parkinson, around 1800 and named after Elizabeth Montagu of nearby (now demolished) Montagu House. She is remembered for her literary Blue Stocking Society and the annual May Day party for chimney-climbing boys attended by, among others, a young David Porter. He started life as a chimney sweep but grew up to be the builder of Montagu Square. More recently, the residents restored the railings, which had been removed during WWII.
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)
Gate in George Street
Nearest postcode: W1H 2LA
2, 13, 30, 74, 82, 139, 159, 274
Baker Street, Marble Arch
Cycle hire station
George Place Mews (Map)
Paddington Street (Map)
Working assistance dogs only