Ennismore Gardens was built on the site of the former paddocks and gardens of Kingston House built in 1770. Named after William Hare, Viscount Ennismore and Earl of Listowel, in former times the gardens stretched the whole length of Prince's Gate. The Victorian garden was planted in 1870 and since the 1980s has been extensively restored and replanted. The garden has a central lawn edged with serpentine paths and dense shrubberies, and is enclosed on 3 sides by cast-iron railings, punctuated by 3 pairs of C19th Portland stone gate piers and four C19th corner piers. An ornamental urn commemorates actress Ava Gardner, who lived here.
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Ennismore Gardens is overlooked by a range of listed buildings including complete palatial C19th terraced houses. The gardens have been used as a film location for example for 'Maybe Baby' in 2000, and for an episode in the Hercule Poirot television series. There is a fountain in the garden and an ornamental urn commemorates the actress Ava Gardner who lived at Ennismore Gardens for 17 years. In the autumn of both 2009 and 2010 4,000 bulbs were planted and the north border has been re-designed. In 2006 the garden won Silver Medal in London Garden Society's 'large private squares' category and in 2009 and 2010 it was Highly Commended in the same category. Adjacent is the Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Church of the Assumption of All Saints, 1848-9, designed by Louis Vulliamy.
Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993), pp.261, 621.