St George’s Fields

St George’s Fields, Westminster

Possibly the most recherché locality in central London

Pond, lush gardens and a block of flats
A gar­den pond at St George’s Fields, over­looked by one of the zig­gu­rat apart­ment blocks

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