The classically grand but bland Grosvenor Square is about to get a major transformation into a more playful space.

Currently, a large open grassy square surrounded by trees, a preliminary design will see the garden split into four interlocking gardens based on the original 1720s oval layout. The initial proposals also enlarge the garden by 3,000 square metres and double the number of trees in the space.

The corners will gain four smaller separate gardens spread out in a wide border surrounding the central oval, which will remain open and grassed, much as it is today.

However, what will dramatically change the garden is the arrival of a large mound to one side, under which will sit a hidden water garden, which will be filled from rainwater dripping down from a ceiling after being directed from the local drainage.

There are more details on their consultation website, and an exhibition in the Square until 19th October.

Images from the consultation website.


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  1. David says:

    “a hidden water garden, which will be filled from rainwater dripping down from a ceiling after being directed from the local drainage”

    Well who knew – turns out I had a “hidden water garden” in the basement flat I lived in just off Holloway Road, not just a bucket collecting drips.

  2. Chris Rogers says:

    There was a long online event discussing it last night. I’ve never actually entered the square, despite working not that far from it for a few years, so it was interesting hearing people’s concerns. The water garden was a worry for many if it is not gated at night.

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