St George’s Fields

St George’s Fields, Westminster

Possibly the most recherché locality in central London

Hidden London: St George's Fields

St George’s Fields are situated to the north of Bayswater Road, a quarter of a mile west of Marble Arch. This was a burial ground from 1763, later used for archery, games and as allot­ments. The land was owned by St George’s church in Hanover Square, which sold it to devel­opers in 1967.

Completed in the early 1970s, the gated estate has 300 apart­ments – studios and one and two bedroom flats – in five-storey balconied blocks with garage parking beneath. The blocks are set in a couple of acres of lush little gardens with some mature trees.

A few tomb­stones remain, arranged three deep along the north wall.

This is one of the capital’s loveliest post-war estates – at least as far as concrete blocks of flats can be said to be lovely – a Barbican on a more human scale; a Brunswick centre with much more greenery. Estate agents like to use the word ‘oasis’ for St George’s Fields, with some justi­fi­ca­tion.

These St George’s Fields should not be confused with their former namesake in Southwark, a popular gathering place and scene of the Wilkite Riots in 1768, when eleven agitators were shot by troops.

Postal district: W2
Website: St George’s Fields