Welcome to Clarence Gate Gardens!
Clarence Gate Gardens is a wonderful 114-year old mansion block in Marylebone, London... and the Residents' Association have created this website to help current residents, future residents, tenants and everyone else with useful information - from the fascinating history of the building itself, some of the famous people who have lived here in the past, to some of the great places to eat, shop and socialise in our local community. Not to mention the exciting things happening locally (opposite)...
If you are a current resident... you may know some of this, but hopefully the website carries some useful information, and do please register for (and regularly access) the "Residents Area" for information just for residents. We will update the site regularly, so do keep logging back in.
If you are thinking about buying a flat in the future... we hope there is plenty on here to whet your appetite, show you what a well run block this is, and what a great part of London this is to live!
If you are a current tenant... you will also already know what a great block this is, and this website is also to help you get more from your time with us.
If you are thinking about renting a flat in Clarence Gate Gardens... we hope there is information here to convince you that you won't look back. However, do please be aware that under the terms of the leases here, the minimum let is six-months, and renting out a room in a shared flat is usually not permitted, so do be suspicious if you are offered a short-term or room-only let.
This web site is run on a volunteer basis and we are always grateful for your feedback and any additional content, so do please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also note that the Residents Committee cannot bear responsibility for anything on the site that may not be correct - for example notices about Health and Safety - everything here is to help you make more of Clarence Gate Gardens - but it cannot replace your own obligations.
LIVING IN CLARENCE GATE GARDENS
Two notices that were raised at the most recent Residents' Committee Meeting that all Residents should note:
- External Repairs – final snagging is ongoing following the planned Phase 2 of the external works. Any Residents who spot anything that needs attention following the latest works, should report them by email to Vennetta Malik at HML with a copy to our Porter, Jim Elliott.
- Parcels - all Residents will have received a note through doors with the excellent new service whereby our Porters will now take in parcels when we are out. To do that Residents must sign the permission slip and return it to our Porters, so if you have not done that, and would like to avail yourself of this service, please go and see Jim or Robert now!
CCG RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE - Wednesday 10 April 2019
The latest CCGRA Committee Meeting took place on Wednesday 10th April, and the Minutes are now available on this website (for Residents who have registered and can access the Residents' Only section). They are in draft form and will be signed off at the next meeting - in May. The website also has the list of Committee Members, along with the Residents' Association Constitution and Minutes of previous meetings, so do have a look. This year's AGM is on Thursday 27th June, so do mark that in your diary.
"HENRY MOORE: THE HELMET HEADS" EXHIBITION AT THE WALLACE COLLECTION - runs until Sunday 23 June 2019
The Wallace Collection is one of the most beautiful museums in London... and it is less than 15 minutes walk from CGG. This year they are hosting an exhibition of the great twentieth-century British sculptor’s fascination with armour, for the very first time. Find out how to book here.
THE PRIMROSE HILL FESTIVAL AND DOG SHOW - Sunday 19th May
The Primrose Hill Festival and Dog Show 2019 is on Sunday 19 May from 9.30am-5.30pm. A 20 minute walk from CGG across Regent's Park. As well as the dogs, there will be a number of Pop Up Food Stalls, Princess Of Wales Mobile Bar, Fashion Stalls, Games, Fairground Rides, and much more! There may also be a special guest performance on our music stage to mark the 10th anniversary, with amazing bands and artists. Great fun for all ages, families and friends. Entry is FREE. More details here.
"TOSCA" AT ST CYPRIAN'S CHURCH - Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 7:30pm
Better still why not come and see/hear opera in our own street? Regents Opera will present Tosca in a film noir style, making the most of the rich mix of politics, religion, torture, blackmail, attempted rape, murder, execution and suicide - all in Glentworth Street! More details and how to book can be found here.
FREE GUIDED WALK - "VICTORIAN MARYLEBONE" - Friday 24 May 2019 at 1pm
This FREE guided walk is dedicated to Queen Victoria who was born on 24th May 1819. 200 years on, this tour will discover life in Victorian Marylebone, with its rapid population growth and the arrival of the steam railways. The walk sets off from outside 55 Baker Street at 1pm on Friday 24th May. The walk is completely FREE and lasts 45 minutes. More here.
NEW VICTORIA EXHIBITIONS AT KENSINGTON PALACE - from Friday 24 May 2019
Discover a different perspective on the life and legacy of Queen Victoria with two new exhibitions opening on 24th May at Kensington Palace to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth. Kensington Palace is a pleasant 30 minute walk from CGG. Explore the story of the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised in "Victoria: A Royal Childhood", then meet the private woman behind the public monarch and discover more about her later life and legacy in "Victoria: Woman and Crown".
DURRANTS HOTEL AUTHOR EVENT - Peter Grimsdale & Stephanie Calman - Tuesday 28 May at 6:15pm
Durrants Hotel on George Street (15 minutes walk from CGG), has a Guest Author Evening with Peter Grimsdale and his author wife Stephanie Calman on Tuesday 28th May. Tickets for the events must be booked in advance and cost £17.50pp. During the events, guests have the opportunity to discuss the authors’ latest books with the actual author and enjoy a glass of fizz and canapés afterwards. A lively conversation is promised as husband-and-wife discuss their respective books, ‘High Performance. When Britain Ruled the World’ and ‘Confessions of a Bad Mother: The Teenage Years’. The couple will go on to compare notes on working and living alongside one another as writers. More details here.
YOGA BRUNCH - Thursday 30 May 2019 at 10.00am
One of the best new cafes in Marylebone is "31 Below" at 31 Marylebone High Street. They have partnered with Lululemon to present yoga brunch - with an open level yoga session at Lululemon Marylebone, during which you will be guided through stretches and breath work to combat the stress of London. After the sweat, you’ll head over the road for brunch at 31 Below. Meet at 31 Below between 09:45 - 09:55, Yoga is 10:00 - 11:00, before brunch in 31 Below at 11:15. More details here.
THE 2019 SEASON AT REGENT'S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE
15 minute walk from CGG is the wonderful Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, and they have a great programme this summer - more details here:
- 16 May-8 Jun 2019 – the American classic "Our Town"
- 14 Jun-22 Jun 2019 – Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, "Hansel and Gretel", co-produced with English National Opera
- 28 Jun-27 Jul 2019 – "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" – returning for the first time in seven years
- 2 Aug-21 Sep 2019 – the iconic musical "Evita"
Booking is now open, and some shows on some nights are selling out fast.
LECTURE ON NAPOLEON AT WALLACE COLLECTION - Friday 31st May 2019 at 6:30pm
Napoleon conveyed a sense that he was superhuman, even divine, but how? He was an arch-propagandist, but propaganda alone would not have sufficed had it not chimed with the profound cultural changes taking place in Europe at the time. Join best-selling author and historian Adam Zamoyski as he explores this question, at the nearby Wallace Collection - a 15 minute walk from CGG. The lecture will be followed by drinks reception where Adam will sign copies of his recent landmark biography, "Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth". Tickets £13. More details here.
LECTURE ON "THE MAKING OF THE WEST END (1890-1914)" AT WESTMINSTER ARCHIVES CENTRE - Thursday 6th June 2019 at 6pm
Go to Westminster Archives Centre on 6th June 2019 to learn about how the West End became one of the world’s leading entertainment and cultural districts during the Victorian period with its theatres, galleries, exhibitions, restaurants and hotels. The illustrated talk will be given by Professor Rohan McWilliam from Anglia Ruskin University, and is at City of Westminster Archives Centre,10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE. To book email or phone 020 7641 5180.
BAKER STREET QUARTER SUMMER FOOD MARKET - Wednesday 12 June - 11am-3pm
The latest of a number of summer markets in the charming Portman Square Garden (bottom end of Baker Street - towards Oxford Street) where you will find a tantalising selection of fresh food stalls serving an array to world cuisines – come early and hungry! More details here.
MARYLEBONE SUMMER FESTIVAL - Saturday 15-Sunday 16 June 2019
The Marylebone Summer Festival, organised and funded by The Howard de Walden Estate, takes place over the weekend of 15th - 16th June 2019. It is a local community and charity event consisting of the Marylebone Summer Film Night (Saturday) and the Sunday Street Party (Sunday) in support of Greenhouse Sports. It starts on the Saturday in Paddington Street Gardens from 5pm - midnight; and then continues in Marylebone High Street and surrounding areas on the Sunday from 11am - 5:30pm. More details here.
MARYLEBONE MUSIC FESTIVAL - Sunday 16-23 June 2019
The Marylebone Music Festival, the Regent's Park Music Festival On the Bandstand and the JMI's KLEZMER IN THE PARK – The London Mix, will join forces to provide music in and around Marylebone from June to September 2019. The season kicks off with the Marylebone Music Festival running from Sunday 16th to 23rd June 2019 capturing the spirit of the former Marylebone Pleasure Gardens – a public concert venue situated in the grounds of the old manor house of Marylebone until the late 18th century. More details here. This will be followed by The Regent’s Park Music Festival with music Sunday afternoons and Bank Holiday Monday from 22nd June to 8th September - more details here.
PORTMAN SQUARE GARDEN PARTY - Wednesday 19 June 2019
Taking place in the beautiful, and usually private, Portman Square Garden, guests can experience a fine evening of fanciful food and revelry. Unlimited five star food and drink will be served by the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Home House in the garden filled with live music, games and fun for a night to remember. During the evening there will be a grand charity raffle with lavish prizes donated by Marylebone businesses, plus, all guests will also receive an exclusive goodie bag. All profits are donated to the local charity, Greenhouse Sports, which helps nearby disadvantaged young people. Tickets are £45.00 per person – more details here.
TASTE OF LONDON FOOD FESTIVAL IN REGENT'S PARK - Wednesday 19th - Sunday 23rd June 2019
"Taste of London" returns to celebrate the great and the good from London’s internationally renowned restaurant scene in our beautiful Regent’s Park. For five days, the people and places that have propelled London’s culinary landscape into the global limelight will take part in a series of exclusive dining experiences, masterclasses and cook up a menu of never seen before dishes. More details here.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE SQUARE - Friday 28 June 2019
The London-based not-for-profit theatre company, Shakespeare in the Squares, returns to perform "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" across 19 of the city’s glorious private squares and gardens, and on 28th June, will be performing in Paddington Street Gardens. You will be transported to 1920s Britain and will feature magic, circus and moonlight, as well as director Tatty’s trademark qualities of live music, dance, humour and exuberance. Tickets go on sale at the end of April and will cost £25 per person. More details here.
REGENT STREET PEDESTRIANISED IN 2019 - Sundays from 14 July to 15 September 2019
To celebrate the summer season, Regent Street will once again be pedestrianised the length of the street from Oxford Circus station down to Piccadilly Circus station on Sunday 4th July, 21st July, 18th August and 15th September. Including a range of activities, entertainment and food and drink offerings instead of the usual traffic, Regent Street is the perfect place to while away your summer days, to encourage visitors to enjoy the festival-style atmosphere in the heart of London, along one of the most iconic streets in the city - and this year is the 200th anniversary of Regent's Street. More details here.
OPEN AIR CINEMA AT KENSINGTON PALACE - Tuesday 30th July - Friday 2nd August 2019 from 9pm
The beautiful front of Kensington Palace - a 30 minute walk from CGG - make for the ultimate setting for a night of cinema under the stars. Four nights of fantastic films, with a range of food concessions and alcoholic and soft (and hot) drinks. Doors open at 7:30pm, with the film starting at 9pm. More details here:
- "Young Victoria" - Tuesday 30th July
- "The Favourite" - Wednesday 31st July
- "A Star Is Born" - Thursday 1st August
- "Mary Poppins Returns" - Friday 2nd August
IMPROVING AIR QUALITY IN MARYLEBONE - TFL CONSULTATION ON THE TAXI AGE
We are very lucky to live in a beautiful part of London, and it is right that the various authorities and groups are committed to keeping it that way. Transport for London are running a consultation on limiting the maximum age of taxis in order to maintain air quality levels in our neighbourhood. More details here, and you can jump straight to the consultation questions, here. The consultation closes on 26th April 2019.
INFORMATION FOR EU NATIONALS IN THE BOROUGH OF WESTMINSTER
Westminster Council have created a service run by Citizens Advice Westminster to support EU nationals living in Westminster concerned about their future. You can access this service here, or by calling 0300 330 9011 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and 2pm, where the team will he happy to talk through your concerns or book a face-to-face appointment to discuss them in detail.
PRIORITIES FOR MARYLEBONE
"The Marylebone Forum" is asking us to tell them what our priorities would be for spending funds available for our area e.g. greening, public realm, sports facilities, faster broadband, cycling etc. Or, perhaps, something else? The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tax that local authorities (Westminster City Council in our case) charge developers for infrastructure needs arising from new developments. Currently, there is £670,000 of CIL money in the pot, which must be spent in the Marylebone area. You can help decide where it is invested here.
The Clarence Gate Mansions were built between 1903 and 1909, named after the nearby Clarence Gate entrance to Regent's Park. This was a particularly poor and notoriously under-privileged part of London, where poverty, prostitution and petty crime was rife – very different to the area today. Discover More >