Guide to Berkeley Square in London

Berkeley Square is a town square in the West End of London in the City of Westminster, originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent. 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. 50 Berkeley Square is the most infamous haunted house in London. The house is currently occupied by Maggs Brothers Antiquarian Booksellers.

Several years after the Restoration of the British monarchy in 1660, the English Royalist soldier John Berkeley of Stratton purchased a stretch of land north of Piccadilly in the up and coming Mayfair district, and promptly erected the magnificent Berkeley House. The residence was later sold to the Duke of Devonshire in 1696 under the condition that Berkeley would refrain from building on the surrounding gardens, hence preserving the Duke’s view and protecting the space that would later become the prestigious square known and treasured to this day.

Berkeley House was demolished through a fire in 1733, after which a series of grandiose residents were constructed by carpenters Edward Cock and Francis Hillyard along the square’s western flank. The south side belonged to the gardens of Lansdowne House, designed by Robert Adam and finished in the late 18th century, whilst the north underwent further development in the early 1900s. The enclosed space was rescued from its somewhat dishevelled appearance in 1767, through a group elected to create and maintain an appealing public locale. A scattering of plane trees planted in 1789 still remain, regarded as some of the oldest specimens in central London.

Berkeley Square witnessed additional renovation during the 1900s, particularly during the 30s, as properties on the eastern border were rebuilt and utilised as offices, and a portion of Lansdowne House was demolished to make way for a new road. Since then, affluent businesses and private clubs have all but taken over the square, with only one residential building left standing. Even though homeowners nowadays are rare, plenty of famous figures have enjoyed the pleasures of life overlooking Berkeley Square over the centuries. Art historian and writer Horace Walpole lived at number 11 until his death in 1797, Winston Churchill spent his childhood at number 48 and the British Prime Minister George Canning resided at number 50, which has been long regarded as the most haunted house in the capital.
With its rich history, aristocratic air and deluxe dwellings, this elegant setting has revelled in its fair share of fame, encapsulated both on screen and in song. Vera Lynn’s wartime classic ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’ has been reproduced by a number of artists, including Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra. A 1933 eponymous film and a 1998 BBC mini-series brought the square to an even wider audience, reflecting its impact on modern society. Currently hosting a series of fashionable offices, upmarket car dealers and a collection of elite boutiques and eateries, Berkeley Square has preserved its status as one of London’s most exclusive addresses.



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Popular Nearby Streets & Areas: Mayfair (0.17km) Albemarle Street (0.17km) Arlington Street (0.17km) Audley Street (0.17km) Avery Row (0.17km) Balderton Street (0.17km) Berkeley Square (0.17km) Berkeley Street (0.17km) Blenheim Street (0.17km) Brook Street (0.17km) Brook's Mews (0.17km) Albemarle Street (0.2km) Berkeley Street (0.15km) Dover Street (0.19km) Hill Street (0.12km) Farm Street (0.09km) Bruton Street (0.11km) Bruton Place (0.13km) Mount Street (0.2km) Clarges Street (0.15km)

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Berkeley Square is located in the London district of Mayfair , one of the most exclusive districts in London.

The nearest tube station is Green Park.



"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is a romantic British popular song written in 1939 with lyrics by Eric Maschwitz and music by Manning Sherwin about Berkeley Square in Mayfair .

The song was published in 1940, when it was first performed by Judy Campbell. In the same year it was also performed by both Ray Noble and then by Vera Lynn, whose version is the most well known.


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Benares Restaurant
Benares Restaurant

12a Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BS

Taking inspiration from his native India, while continuously researching regional dishes, Atul combines his heritage...Read more

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Sexy Fish
Sexy Fish

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BR

Sexy Fish is an Asian restaurant and bar located on the corner of Berkeley Square, Mayfair serving Japanese-inspired...Read more

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Hygiene Rating: 5/5
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Inspected: on 21/02/2019

Holiday Inn (Mayfair)
Holiday Inn (Mayfair)

3 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8NE

A comfortable base in the heart of London’s theatre and shopping districts, within walking distance of many major...Read more

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Hygiene Rating: 5/5
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Novikov Restaurant & Bar
Novikov Restaurant & Bar

50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8HA

Novikov Restaurant & Bar combines cool and contemporary interiors with a superlative culinary offering. Located in...Read more

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Bocconcino Restaurant
Bocconcino Restaurant

19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8ED

Bocconcino is a Mayfair destination restaurant serving both classic and modern Italian cuisine and cocktails in a...Read more

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Nobu (Berkeley Street)
Nobu (Berkeley Street)

15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8DY

Located at 15 Berkeley Street in the heart of Mayfair, Nobu Berkeley ST is the legendary institution's most...Read more

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May Fair Kitchen
May Fair KitchenTop Pick

70a Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT

Our refreshed interiors and new menu evoke an ambience to recreate the culinary delights of the Mediterranean,...Read more

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Fifty9 Bar
Fifty9 Bar

59 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6ER

Fifty9 is a venue which will supersede anything before seen in London. The venue is spread over two floors; the...Read more

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Fitness First (Berkeley Square)
Fitness First (Berkeley Square)

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BR

Our Mayfair gym is located in Berkeley Square, central London, and offers members cutting edge fitness...Read more

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Jack Barclay
Jack Barclay

18 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6AE

Established in 1927, Jack Barclay is the world’s oldest and most famous Bentley dealer. We are extremely proud to be...Read more

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Jeroboams
Jeroboams

6 Pont Street , Belgravia, London, SW1X 9EL

Nestled between the prestigious locations of Bond Street, Berkeley Square and Grosvenor Square in the heart of...Read more

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Matt Roberts Personal Training
Matt Roberts Personal Training

16 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8DZ

As the UK's leading personal trainer and best-selling fitness author; Matt Roberts presides over a multifaceted...Read more

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MF Angel GP Limited
MF Angel GP Limited

1 Angel Court, London, EC2R 7HJ

MF ANGEL GP LIMITED - Free company information from Companies House ... office address: 7th Floor Berger House, 38...Read more

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Annabel's Wine Cellar
Annabel's Wine Cellar

3 Hay's Mews, Mayfair, London, W1J 5PU

0.05km

Annabel’s has a global reputation that has been established over the past five decades, founded on superb service,...Read more

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Mark's Club
Mark's Club

46 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5EJ

0.08km

Mark's Club is an elegant and traditional private members' club, situated in a beautiful townhouse in Mayfair. Opened...Read more

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E & R Cyzer
E & R Cyzer

23 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QF

0.08km

Situated in a newly refurbished gallery space on Bruton Street in Mayfair, E&R Cyzer regularly exhibits work by...Read more

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Hakkasan (Mayfair)
Hakkasan (Mayfair)

17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 6QB

0.09km

Hakkasan’s fine-dining Cantonese cuisine has placed the group at the forefront of modern Chinese restaurants It...Read more

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Lansdowne Club
Lansdowne Club

9 Fitzmaurice Place, London, W1J 5JD

0.09km

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Timothy Everest (Mayfair)
Timothy Everest (Mayfair)

35 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6NS

0.09km

Timothy Everest, one of the most well known architects of the New Bespoke Movement, offers in his intimate and cosy...Read more

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Mr Fogg's Residence
Mr Fogg's Residence

15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London, W1J 6JD

0.09km

This discreet Mayfair house imagines the Victorian abode of Phileas J. Fogg Esq, housing all the peculiar and...Read more

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Mount Street Printers And Stationers
Mount Street Printers And Stationers

4 Mount Street, London, W1K 3ND

0.1km

Since 1981 Mount Street Printers have produced bespoke stationery in the heart of Mayfair. The location of our shop...Read more

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Ronald Phillips
Ronald Phillips

26 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 6QL

0.1km

London's finest antiques dealers specialising in 18th and 19th century English furnishings. International collectors,...Read more

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The Chesterfield
The Chesterfield

35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5EB

0.11km

Enviably located in exclusive Mayfair, near to designer shopping and many of the city's most iconic attractions, the...Read more

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Butlers Restaurant
Butlers Restaurant

35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5EB

0.11km

Our warm and intimate Butlers Restaurant, famously the home of "the best Dover Sole in London", offers elegant dining...Read more

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Holistic Motions Personal Training
Holistic Motions Personal Training

1st Floor, 12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London, W1J 6DQ

0.11km

Holistic Fitness programs are provided by the world’s best coaches, who work exclusively with you. We deliver...Read more

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Gina Shoes
Gina Shoes

119 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3NL

0.11km

Synonymous with elegance and style, designer shoes, ladies shoes, designer ladies footwear, Rox, Zeta, Ivory silk...Read more

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Mount Street Printers & Stationers
Mount Street Printers & Stationers

4 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3LW

0.11km

Our services include: Litho Printing,Full Colour Printing, Thermography, Hot Foiling, Die Stamping, Blind Embossing,...Read more

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Udeshi Menswear
Udeshi Menswear

8 Davies Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3DW

0.12km

UDESHI was founded in 1999 to stem the decline in English bespoke tailoring and to move it forward to meet the...Read more

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Dartmouth House
Dartmouth House

Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London, W1J 5ED

0.12km

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The Square
The Square

6-10 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 6PU

0.13km

The reputation for food at The Square has been gained through delivery of pleasure through harmonious and classical...Read more

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The Guinea Grill
The Guinea Grill

30 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6NL

0.13km

The Guinea is a traditional Grill located in the heart of Mayfair. We serve premium Scotch beef in the Grill room as...Read more

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Coach & Horses (Bruton Street)
Coach & Horses (Bruton Street)

5 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 6PT

0.13km

The Coach and Horses’ beautiful exterior stain glass windows marks this pub as one that is hard to miss. The pub was...Read more

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Crussh (Green Park)
Crussh (Green Park)

1 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5HD

0.13km

1998. Back before the Euro was born, when Bill Clinton was engaging in questionable activity in the White House and...Read more

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Aubaine (Dover Street)
Aubaine (Dover Street)

31 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4ND

0.14km

Aubaine is a true blend of cosmopolitan style and French cuisine. Combining the elegance of a Parisian salon with the...Read more

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The Punchbowl
The Punchbowl

41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5RP

0.14km

As one of Mayfair’s oldest pubs, we know a thing or two about good food and wine and pride ourselves on offering a...Read more

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Holland & Holland
Holland & Holland

33 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QZ

0.14km

Since 1835, the name Holland & Holland has been recognised as the benchmark of excellence throughout the world of...Read more

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The Wren Press
The Wren Press

Curzon Street, London, W1J 5HD

0.14km

The Wren Press is one of England's leading luxury stationers, offering everything from bespoke wedding invitations to...Read more

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Charlie
Charlie

15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8DY

0.14km

Charlie Berkeley Street - formerly the legendary FunkyBuddha - has gained a reputation for surpassing its predecessor...Read more

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