June. Open Garden Squares Weekend

London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend

This is the one weekend each year you can go inside these private gardens that usually are under lock and key. Only privileged residents residing near the parks have the keys.

Over 200 squares will be open to the public.

It’s a great time to go inside and enjoy the many comfortable park benches. If you are a member of our Park Bench Appreciation Society, you can take photos, post them on the group’s Facebook page.

But are these squares really squares? Most of them are not.

The truth is that many are rectangles. And there is at least one oval. There’s even a trapezoid.

Sloan Rectangle:

Sloan Rectangle

Cleveland Trapezoid:

June Cleveland Trapizoid

Cleveland Trapezoid

Grosvenor Oval:

June Grovnor Oval

Grovenor Oval

Eaton Rectangle:

Eaton Square

 Bryanston Rectangle:

bryanston square ogsw 2009 - 6

Gordon Rectangle:


New York also has this problem: “Times Square is not a square.”

No square here:

Times Square