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Possibly the most recherché locality in central London, identified by only one street atlas, which calls it St George’s Field. It is situated to the north of Bayswater Road, a quarter of a mile west of Marble Arch. This was a burial ground from 1763, later used for archery, games and as allotments. The land was owned by St George’s church in Hanover Square, which sold it to developers in 1967. Completed in the early 1970s, the gated estate has 300 apartments – studios and one and two bedroom flats – in five-storey balconied blocks with garage parking beneath. The blocks are set in a couple of acres of lush little gardens with some mature trees. A few tombstones remain, arranged three deep along the north wall. This is one of the capital’s loveliest post-war estates – a Barbican or Brunswick centre on a more human scale. Estate agents like to use the word ‘oasis’ for St George’s Fields, with some justification.

These St George’s Fields should not be confused with their former namesake in Southwark, a popular gathering place and scene of the Wilkite Riots in 1768, when eleven agitators were shot by troops.

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Gardens and pond at St George's Fields, overlooked by one of the ziggurat apartment blocks

Postal district: W2

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