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Cleveland Square in Bayswater, London W2

Cleveland Square is a beautiful 1.5 acre square in Bayswater, with a well maintained and large communal garden in the centre. - lawns, stunning herbaceous borders, gravel paths and mature trees. While only accessible to residents during the year there are a few opportunities to discover the garden at special events. The main event is the Guy Fawkes night fireworks, where around 2,500 people attend the event in the square, watch the fireworks, eat and party till late.

Cleveland Square, in the Borough of Westminster, was laid out in 1855 when the formerly rural area was being developed as part of the Paddington Estate. Grade II-listed, white stucco-fronted houses overlook the private garden provided for the residents. The present garden has play areas, bedding, a privet hedge, and fine London plane trees. A serpentine path through the garden has Victorian edging tiles.

Recent replanting has created a garden more like a private garden than a park, with a particular focus on horticulture. In 2012 the gardens won second place in the 'large private square' category of the London Squares Garden Competition.

The site is owned by the highly efficient and proactive Cleveland Square and Garden Residents’ Association. The Association allows a limited number of private, resident-only events to be held in the square each year. "It is important that we keep the gardens private, quiet and available for all residents to use." Every year a summer party is held in late June or early July.

If you have young children, the Children’s Party in Cleveland Square, a relatively new but very popular addition to the summer calendar, is great fun for children of all ages and a relaxed way to meet and mingle with your neighbours.

The gardens close at dusk or 10:30 pm in mid summer.

For information on property for sale or to rent near Cleveland Square in Bayswater, please contact CityWest Residential, leading estate agents in Westminster.

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