Friday, 13 January 2017

Five on Friday - London Squares and Gardens

Hello

Thanks very much for visiting.

We are linking up today with Amy's Five on Friday posts.  My five are about London Squares.


London is well known for its green spaces for the public to enjoy and as well as the large Royal Parks, like Hyde Park and Regents Park, you often find leafy squares within the built up areas which were originally intended as communal gardens for the nearby residents.  They began to become fashionable during the 17th to 19th centuries although Covent Garden was the first square built in the 1630s.  There are even a few modern paved ones like Paternoster Square, near St. Pauls and Granary Square, near Kings Cross.  On my recent visit, I passed a few on my journey through London.

One - Grosvenor Square

This pretty green space in London, now one of the Royal Parks and a public space, has connections with the US with a memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Eagle Squadrons Memorial and September 11 Memorial Garden. President John Adams lived at No. 9 and No. 20 was the headquarters of President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Second World War.


Two - Brown Hart Gardens

These raised terraced gardens are not far from Oxford Street and were built in 1906 above the old Duke Street substation. There are domed gazebos and steps at each end. They have been renovated to provide a lovely public space with a cafe.




Over Christmas Lumiere Light produced a light show all over London including at the Brown Hart Gardens, have a look at this link.

Three - St James Square

In the 1720s, St James Square used to be home to seven dukes and seven earls.  These days, the buildings are mainly occupied by businesses. There's a statue of King William III in the gardens.


Four - Trafalgar Square home to the National Gallery and Nelson's Column

One of the most famous and popular of the Squares, it is dominated by Nelson's Column, the lions around the fountain, the four plinths supporting sculptures and the National Gallery.  The fourth plinth has had a variety of different artworks on it, including Antony Gormley's One and Other.  At the moment, David Shrigley's Everything is Good is on display.






 Five - Parliament Square and the Embankment





During the weekend of 17th-18th June 2017, Open Squares Weekend gives people the opportunity to look at some of the squares not usually open to the public, have a look at this link.  Over 200 gardens take part in the scheme, some with activities organised as well.

Have a great weekend.

Cheerio


29 comments:

  1. I love all the different squares in London. One of its more beautiful aspects I think. The leafy ones like Russel square are wonderful in the middle of a bustling capital. B x

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    1. They are great aren't they. People love them in the summer, they are always full of workers eating their sandwiches at lunchtime. x

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  2. So lovely to take a tour of some of the squares with you, they always seem like fascinating places to me!

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    1. It's just nice to have a bit of green space in amongst all the buildings, isn't it. Thanks for doing the Five on Friday link still with everything that's happening with you. x

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  3. Great photos! The Lumiere London looks wonderful and the Open Squares weekend sounds a great weekend to be part of. Thanks for sharing your visit:)

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    1. It's a pleasure, glad you enjoyed it all. x

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  4. Great photos. I love your 'photo show' banner!

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    1. Thanks Riitta, it's my Instagram photos.

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  5. Great series of famous places, thanks for sharing.Lovely winterplants brassica oleracea and I would like to be in June in London...
    Enjoy your weekend

    My blue dress is a layer dress with darker top.

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    1. Thanks Mascha. Your dress is so pretty.

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  6. These are wonderful! I can imagine myself strolling through with a warm cup of cocoa! Lovely sky at the end. xx K

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    1. A warm cup of cocoa is just the ticket or a big bowl of soup. Yum x

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  7. And now in my head I'm reciting: Whenever I walk in a London Street I'm ever so careful to watch my feet...... http://www.nthong.co.uk/lines.htm :)

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    1. Ha ha good old A.A. Milne. You just can't help but try to avoid the lines, but don't avoid the squares as they are a breath of fresh air.

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  8. You took us on a wonderful tour, it was delight to see.

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  9. Lovely Five on Friday! Thanks for the tour of the squares. I've seen some of them but there are a couple I haven't.

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  10. loved traveling with you. The cabbages are amazing.

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    1. I'm so glad. The cabbages are so colourful especially on a grey Winter day.

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  11. I've enjoyed the tour of the squares and the links. London certainly puts on a good show with the illuminations - amazing.

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    1. That's good, I never seem to get there at the right time to see all the lights, one year maybe.

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  12. The squares, gardens and parks are such a wonderful part of London.

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    1. They make it really special, don't they.

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  13. I enjoyed this tour of some of London's squares very much. It's lovely to have green spaces in the midst of cities, I think.

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    1. Definitely. They are a place for a breather amongst all the hustle and bustle. 🙂

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  14. I think these green spaces help to maintain sanity. Glasgow is very leafy, too. It is so nice to be able to sit under a tree and eat a sandwich (weather permitting!), breathing in the smell of nature whilst being in the middle of the city. Thanks for showing us around the London squares.

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    1. I must visit Glasgow one day, there are some good art galleries there aren't there. We are so lucky to have these grand cities to enjoy.

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  15. I definitely need another trip to London. So much to see, and it was only a small part of the trip I took to GB. Must remember to take my vitamins so I can live to be 150. So many wonderful things to do in this world.

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