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Hanover Square

Welcome to Hanover Square

A highly planted formal square, set in Mayfair just south of Oxford Street. The square contains various statues the most notable being one of William Pitt (former politician and twice Prime Minister). The site consists of informal seating aligning the paths. Well established hedges surround the square creating a clear division from the adjacent road passing around the square.

The first square to be laid out for building was Hanover Square which was started in about 1717 and named after the new king, George I, who was the Elector of Hanover in Germany. These original gardens at the centre of Hanover Square were quite plain and minimal, but by the time of the 1750's a bird's eye view drawing shows diagonal paths had been added forming the shape of a cross. These paths were replaced before 1787 with a circular path running round the circumference bordered by trees.

Shortly after the Second World War this was succeeded by diagonal paths again and a pond with a fountain near the north end. The bronze statue of the Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) was created by the great sculptor Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey and has stood at the southern end of the square since 1831, and famously survived an attempt by Reform Bill agitators to pull it down at its unveiling.

In order to prevent the gardens falling into decline and becoming derelict, the gardens and original gardens committee were supported for many years by Westminster City Council who finally purchased the space in 1997.

Disabled access

If you would like to hold an event or film in this park please visit the Special Events website at www.westminster.gov.uk/specialevents or call 020 7641 2390.