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This article refers to a town square in London. For other meanings of Berkeley or Berkeley Square, see Berkeley.


Berkeley Square in 1830.
Berkeley Square in 2005.


Berkeley Square ( ) is a town square in the West Endmarker of Londonmarker, Englandmarker, in the City of Westminstermarker. It was originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent. The square is named after the noble Gloucestershiremarker family of the same name whose London home, Berkeley House, which had stood nearby until 1733 and which had served as their London residence when they were away from their ancestral Gloucestershiremarker home Berkeley Castlemarker.

Introduction

Berkeley Square is a mostly residential area. A residence in Berkeley Square is highly sought after, and residences do not come up on the market very often. The limited supply and great demand has created a market where a residence in Berkeley Square commands higher prices on the property market compared to similar residences in equivalently affluent neighborhoods.

The square features a statue by Alexander Munro, a Pre-Raphaelite sculptor, made in 1858. The surrounding London Plane trees are among the oldest in central London, planted in 1789. Gunter's Tea Shop, founded under a different name in 1757, is also located in Berkeley Square.

The buildings around the square include several by other notable architects including Robert Adam, who designed Lansdowne Housemarker (since 1935 home of the Lansdowne Club) in the southwest corner of the square on Fitzmaurice Place.

50 Berkeley Squaremarker is the most infamous haunted house in London. The house is currently occupied by Maggs Brothers Antiquarian Booksellers.

Residents of Berkeley Square have included:



Transport

Berkeley Square can be easily reached from Green Park tube stationmarker on the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria lines, and Bond Street tube stationmarker on the Central and Jubilee lines. London Buses route 8 also passes the square.

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