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Berkeley Square Gardens

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Published August 22nd 2011
You'll find Berkeley Square Gardens in the heart of Mayfair, a very wealthy part of London and one of the capital's most prestigious districts.

Within Mayfair's borders are places like Bond Street, Park Lane and Savile Row, three streets that will most likely conjour up images of well-to-do people in tailored suits returning to their expensive hotels having just been on a shopping spree for some bank-breaking jewellery.

With that in mind, it's easy to imagine what Berkeley Square might be like. No, there aren't any diamond necklaces hanging from the trees or gold-plated rubbish bins, but it is wonderfully well kept and easy on the eye.

It's about ten minutes' walk west of Piccadilly and almost the same distance south of Oxford Street, so in other words, right where the action is.

The pleasant, spacious square was laid out in the late 1700s, and has a number of London Plane trees planted throughout, providing a decent amount of shade in the summer months.

The constant noise from the traffic tootling around the square may upset some, but for most visitors deep in conversation with a friend or colleague, it is but a minor irritant.

Berkeley Square is at its busiest weekday lunchtimes, with office workers pouring out of company buildings surrounding the square coming here with a sandwich or sushi from one of the many nearby eateries.

Thankfully, there are so many benches in the square that you shouldn't have a problem finding a place to sit, and in the warmer months you can also settle down on the grass.

Considering it's in the heart of London, it's a surprise that it doesn't get busier. But for the regulars who love spending time in Berkeley Square, it's just fine if it stays that way.

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Why? It's big, it's green, and it's really really clean.
When: Opens at 8am. Closes at different times, depending on the time of year (later in summer).
Where: Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AX, UK
Cost: Free
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