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Little Venice Gardens Westminster
Summary: Little Venice Gardens are for the private use of residents of the houses backing onto this secluded private space. It was laid out in the 1840s on the Pond Fields belonging to the Bishop of London, residential development around the basin of the Grand Union Canal having begun in the 1830s. The garden has mature trees, managed woodland, expanses of lawns and herbaceous borders, and rose beds with box hedging. Trees include London plane, lime and horse chestnut. Facilities for the residents include a tennis court, open to members of Little Venice Tennis Club, and a children's playground.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: off Randolph Road, Maida Vale
Postcode: W9 > Google Map
Type of site: Garden Square
Date(s): 1840s
Listed structures:
Borough: Westminster
Site ownership: Private
Site management: Little Venice Gardens Committee
Open to public? No
Opening times: Private, for keyholders only
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 10 times, most recently in 2008.
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: Warwick Avenue. Bus: 6, 46, 187, 414
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2014
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

In recent years there has been significant replanting in Little Venice Gardens, including a herb garden.The Garden Committee has significantly changed the woodland area by clearing it, lifting the canopy to allow in more light, planting a great many woodland plants, lifting the York stone path, and replacing it with wood chip bark, which is more sympathetic. Also, all the beds around the square have had the Victorian rope edging repaired or restored, which has made a significant difference.

Sources consulted:

Victoria County History; Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (1991, reprinted 1999)
Grid ref: TQ262821
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Maida Vale
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance II
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:

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