Six of the best… Sunny spots in Mayfair and Belgravia
The sun has got its hat on, hip, hip, hip, hooray! Venture outside to these suntraps in Mayfair and Belgravia
Brown Hart Gardens
One of Mayfair’s hidden gems, Brown Hart Gardens is a raised terraced garden that was originally built in 1906 above the old Duke Street electricity substation by architect Sir Stanley Peach. In the summer it often shows sports such as Wimbledon on a big screen, so you can soak up the rays while supporting your favourite sportsman or sportswoman. There’s also a 50-seater café if you want to escape the sun for a refreshment break.
This open green space, the second largest square in London, has been rather busy this summer hosting various events such as Summer in the Square. Next it’s hosting Live in the Square, with performances from the English National Ballet and Sister Sledge. Its pristine lawns are the perfect place to relax on a sunny day, while taking in the beauty of the encircling neo-Georgian houses.
Mount Street Gardens
The perfect spot if you like sun, and a bit of shade. The London plane trees, dawn redwood trees and Canary Island date palms provide a canopy if you need one. Mount Street Gardens is hidden behind red-brick mansion blocks and is a haven of calm. There are lots of benches to sit on, all donated by or in memory of those who loved the space, which is always a nice touch.
It might sound strange including a street on here, but there is an abundance of outside spaces on Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street. There’s pink paradise that is Peggy Porschen, where you can sit outside and eat a lemon loaf; the Tom Tom Coffee House, where you can try coffee beans from around the world while enjoying an eggs Benedict; The Thomas Cubitt, where you can indulge in a glass of fizz while watching the passers by; or you can grab a pastry and a pew at Baker & Spice.
Belgrave Square Gardens
If you’re lucky enough to be a keyholder for this private square, it’s a beautiful leafy place to soak up the sun. The 4.5-acre garden has stunning rose bushes, large plane trees, wisteria-covered pergolas, a tennis court and a play area for children. It’s a feast for the eyes, but also a good place to entertain.
Halkin Street Garden
Belgravia’s private gardens are part of its beautiful DNA. Some are solely for the use of the residents who live in that square, but you can also apply for a key to others. Halkin Street Garden is one of those. It’s a beautifully manicured space, laid out in 1915 on land that had previously been occupied by stables and mews houses. It’s rumoured that in the 1930s, Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson used the garden as a tennis court. To find out more about becoming a keyholder, speak to the Grosvenor Landscape Management office.