London's most expensive garden squares: We reveal the 10 priciest traditional garden squares in the capital – and the price premium you pay for living on one

Melissa York
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Garden squares – if you can't beat 'em, live in 'em

It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend, so what better way to spend it than by sunning yourself or sharing a picnic in one of London’s historic garden squares? These green stamps dotted all over the capital surrounded by smart Georgian houses, were some of the first of their era to be built in the capital.

Taking 20 to 30 years to complete, they were often designed to a strict masterplan and bought by the minor aristocracy as a cheaper alternative to a country estate. To this day, there is still an air of privacy and exclusivity about them. But for one weekend a year, the London Parks & Gardens Trust opens up over 230 private, secret and little known of these squares to the public to explore.

To celebrate, we’ve compiled the top ten most expensive garden squares list with a lot of help from the research team at Hamptons International estate agents, one of the sponsors of this year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend.

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“Over the last decade, just a handful of squares have been crowned London’s most expensive, all within a couple of miles of each other in the heart of the West End,” says David Fell, Hamptons’ research analyst. “The most exclusive command a 10 per cent to 15 per cent premium on top of the eight figure price tags carried by homes on surrounding streets.”

The most private, entirely residential, historically intact squares tend to be the most desirable – not only to domestic buyers, but also to wealthy international buyers. James Gilbert-Green, partner at Strutt & Parker Knightsbridge says. “Garden squares are central London’s USP. In other cities the best properties may overlook a large park or water, but our squares offer the views people aspire to.”

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Hamptons International's interactive map of London's most expensive garden squares (Top 10 in red)

1. Chester Square, SW1W

Average price: £11,953,600
Premium derived: 17 per cent

On sale for £28m; Strutt & Parker 020 7591 2201

A private garden square in Knightsbridge, which has been home to Margaret Thatcher, Roman Abramovich, Mary Shelley and Nigella Lawson.

2. Park Square, NW1

Average price: £ 11,348,870
Premium derived: 11 per cent

On sale for £11.5m; Savills St John’s Wood & Regent’s Park, 020 3043 3600

This garden square has a picnic area and a tennis court.

3. Chesham Place, SW1X

Average price: £10,844,760
Premium derived: 12 per cent

A favourite with the aristocracy, it was first laid out in 1831 and is home to the Spanish Embassy.

4. Egerton Crescent, SW3

Average price: £9,899,180
Premium derived: 2 per cent

On sale for £6.195m; Savills Sloane Street, 020 7824 9016

Earned the title of the most expensive street in Britain in 2012.

5. Montpelier Square, SW7

Average price: £9,816,930
Premium derived: 14 per cent

On sale for £5.35m; JLL Knightsbridge, 020 7306 1610

The square is popular for being located close to Hyde Park and Brompton Road.

6. Trevor Square, SW7

Average price: £8,677,620
Premium derived: 2 per cent

A historic square designed from 1810 by architect William Fuller Pocock, then finished by his son.

7. Orme Square, W2

Average price: £8,270,560
Premium derived: 2 per cent

Named after the British engraver and illustrator Edward Orme, this square overlooks Kensington Gardens.

8. Chelsea Square, SW3

Average price: £8,089,150
Premium derived: 6 per cent

On sale for £19.5m: Savills Kensington, 020 7535 3300

A short walk from the popular shops of the King’s Road, these houses overlook Chelsea Common.

9. Kensington Square, W8

Average price: £8,041,200
Premium derived: 6 per cent

London’s oldest garden square, built in 1685 and originally known as King’s Square.

10. Bedford Square, WC1B

Average price: £8,029,130
Premium derived: 4 per cent

A well-preserved Georgian corner of Bloomsbury with many Grade I listed buildings and office conversions.

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