About the Area
Situated in central London in a district of Westminster called Mayfair, Berkeley Square is a bustling business area with a rich and vibrant history. The square is named after the Berkeley family, a noble family that has made London their secondary residence since the eighteenth century. Berkeley Square hosts a large garden, which features London Plane trees that were planted in 1789. A number of high-profile international businesses have offices in Berkeley Square, including Rolls Royce, Jack Barclay (the United Kingdom's oldest Bentley dealership, which has been operating since 1927), and financial consulting business Lemon Group International. The fictional character Tomlinson in Rudyard Kipling's poem "Tomlinson" owns a home in the area.
Places Of Interest
There are several important historical landmarks in this area. Number 48 Berkeley Square was the childhood home of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Former Prime Minister George Canning lived at Number 50 Berkeley Square and Queen Elizabeth II was born at 17 Bruton Street, at the square's east end. Also found in Berkeley Square are a sculpted fountain created by Alexander Munro in 1865 and the original site of Gunter's Tea Shop, an eatery and cafe that operated for nearly two hundred years, from 1757 until 1956. World-renowned architects designed many of the houses in the square, including the Lansdowne House (which was designed by Robert Adam). The area is populated by a number of world famous hotels and restaurants, including Nobu, The Ritz, and the Dorchester. Berkeley Square is home to the Fleming Collection, a collection of artwork featuring a number of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century Scottish artists such as Jacob More, Henry Raeburn, Arthur Melville, Sir James Guthrie, George Leslie Hunter, John Bellany, Alison Watt, and more. The Square is minutes from New Bond Street, which is home to a number of international shops including Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. Close to hotels and financial institutions such as The Ritz and the Allied Irish Bank, Berkeley Square mixes commercial space, residential properties, and important historical sites to create a one-of-a-kind environment.
Berkeley Square is accessible from the A400 via New Bond Street and Bruton Street, or from the A4201 via Conduit Street. Berkeley Street connects the square to Piccadilly Road. The A4202 can be accessed from Berkeley Square via Curzon Street. Many of the streets surrounding the square are one-way, so be wary. Pay parking is available in the square for up to 4 hours at a time. Berkeley Square houses two charging stations for electric vehicles. Barclays Cycle Hire has a docking station on Bruton Street, just minutes from the square. There is a second docking station on Farm Street, one block southwest of the square. Two Underground Tube stations serve Berkeley Square. From Green Park Station, walk northeast up Piccadilly and follow Berkeley Street to the northwest. To access the square from the Bond Street Station, walk south down Davies Street. The C2 bus stops directly at Berkeley Square between Anthony Gray Clocks and Annabel's Restaurant.