Berkeley Square

Address: Berkeley Square, London, United Kingdom

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The green and elegant heart of Mayfair.

Dating from the 1730s, Berkeley Square is one of my favourite London spaces. It's a good place to take a breather as you tour this dignified neighbourhood of posh shops, grande dame hotels and historic gentlemen's clubs. The oldest buildings are on the west side, including no.44 which was built in 1747 by the architect and landscape designer William Kent, while the magnificent plane trees date from 1789 - the year of the French Revolution. You'll find some historical background displayed by the park gates, and spare a moment to read the poignant plaques on its wooden benches, which testify to the great pleasure the square has given to people over the years.

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Expert tips

If you want to relax on a bench with a snack there's a handy branch of the ubiquitous Pret a Manger at 7 Berkeley Square.

Walk down Bruton Street to no.17 and you can see a plaque commemorating the birthplace of the future Queen Elizabeth II in 1926.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Chilling out
  • History
  • Design and architecture