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. There is also a really good article in the Evening Standard that is worth a look here. 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.
You can contact the CGG Resident's Association by emailing email@example.com. Please note that your email - including contact details - may be passed on to all Committee members, unless you specifically request otherwise.
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.
CCG RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE
The next CGGRA Committee meeting is on Wednesday 19th February 2020. The Minutes from the last meeting on 4th December (in draft form) is available to view on the Residents' Only section of this website, so do take a look if you are registered... but if not contact email@example.com for details how to access these important updates.
NEW EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFER FOR CGG RESIDENTS
We are delighted to announce to all Residents of Clarence Gate Gardens that we have negotiated a new special offer - exclusive for residents of our special mansion block - at our local Berkeley Court Pharmacy on Melcombe Street. To find out how to get the offer, go to the "Special Offers" section of the Resident's Only part of this website... and if you are not yet registered, contact firstname.lastname@example.org now!
POLITE NOTICE - WET WIPES AND MAKE UP REMOVAL WIPES
One of the primary causes for blocked drains in Clarence Gate Gardens has been found to have been caused by the inappropriate disposal of "wet wipes" in toilets. Such products do not degrade and will lead to further blocked drains which will only serve to added disruption for Residents and potential higher Service Charges (as we have to spend more money resolving the blockages). Residents are reminded that wet wipes and make up removal wipes (and similar items) should ONLY be disposed of in your domestic waste.
COMPLETE WESTMINSTER COUNCIL AIR QUALITY SURVEY - by Wednesday 26th February 2020
Many Residents feel strongly that the air quality in our area needs to be improved. Westminster Council want to hear the thoughts of local residents on their Air Quality Action Plan by clicking here. The consultation is open until Wednesday 26th February 2020, and should only take 5 minutes to complete.
HALF-TERM WORKSHOPS FOR 13-16 YEAR OLDS - Tuesday 18th-Thursday 20th February 2020
City Lions is running FREE three-day workshops for 13-16 year olds. Between Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th February, young people will have the opportunity to visit some of Westminster’s most prestigious institutions. The action-packed three days include an interactive video blogging workshop, a trip to Westminster Abbey to learn about its history, a chance to watch a new West End show in rehearsal and the opportunity to write a musical. To find out more and sign-up your child, click here.
DINOSAURS STORY AND CRAFT SESSION AT MARYLEBONE LIBRARY - Tuesday 18th February 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
Bring your children to a FREE interactive workshop to learn more about these magnificent creatures on Tuesday 18 February 2020. This is fun afternoon workshop about dinosaurs with stories and crafts, and there there is no need to book - just turn up. More details here.
PIRATES WORKSHOP AT MARYLEBONE LIBRARY - Thursday 20th February, from 2pm to 4pm.
A practical and fun workshop delivered by Learning Unlimited - make a pirate ship, draw a map of Treasure Island and write a letter in a bottle. This is a FREE event, but places must be booked in advance. To book, contact Marylebone Library
200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1820 CATO STREET CONSPIRACY - Thursday 23rd February 2020 from noon to 2:30pm
Join the community event to mark the 200th Anniversary of the 1820 Cato Street Conspiracy. The plot, to murder the Prime Minister and all his Cabinet Ministers, was the culmination of a revolutionary movement that arose from Britain’s shift from agrarian to industrial employment, leaving whole sections of society unable to find a living. It came close to being as big an event as the Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot in 1605, but by mere accident, the plot was foiled by a police informer, and ‘the rule of law’ prevailed. 13 people were arrested, and one person died. This commemoration is being organised by the Harrowby Street and District Residents’ Association (HDRA), which will include horse-drawn carriage-rides, street stalls and light refreshments, to re-create the atmosphere of the 1820s. For more information see here.
FREE GUIDED WALK - "SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE AND THE SECRET SERVICE" - Wednesday 26th February at 1pm
The SOE was a secret branch of the military devoted to espionage and sabotage in World War II. Learn about their Baker Street base, their clandestine methods and about more recent secret service offices in our neighbourhood. The walk sets off from outside 55 Baker Street at 1pm and is completely FREE. More here.
HISTORIES OF THE UNEXPECTED SHOW - Thursday 12th March 2020 at 7.30pm
Join two of the country’s best-known TV historians, Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybel at St Marylebone Parish Church on Thursday 12th March. This is an original, exciting multi-period show, demonstrating how everything has a history, even the most unexpected subjects, and how those histories link together in unexpected ways. The bar will be open from 6.30pm and tickets can be bought online here beforehand, or on the door.
FRIENDS OF REGENT'S PARK & PRIMROSE HILL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 6:30 for 7pm at St John's Wood Church
The Friends of Regent's Park & Primrose Hill were founded in 1991 to help keep Regent’s Park unspoiled for present and future generations. Their AGM takes place on Wednesday 18th March, with guest speaker Mat Bonomi Head of Transport and Access, Royal Parks. It is important to support our local amenities, and more details here.
THE CHEF'S TABLE AT THE POTTING SHED, DORSET SQUARE HOTEL - Friday 20th March 2020
The Chef's Table returns to the wonderful Potting Shed Restaurant at the Dorset Square Hotel on Friday 20th March, with an exclusive dinner celebrating Italian winter truffles. Renowned truffle supplier, Arturo Iannuzzi will be partnering with Head Chef Donatas Drukteini to create a special menu centred around all things truffle, from fresh truffle to sumptuous tapenades and sauces. Begin the evening with canapés and sparkling wine, before indulging in a seasonal three-course dinner, complete with expertly-matched wine pairings. More details here.
"THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON" THEATRE PERFORMANCE FOR CHILDREN - Sunday 22nd March 2020 from 14:00-15:00
Join Trunk Theatre at St Paul's Church, Marylebone, 5 Rossmore Road, NW1 6NJ on an exciting journey though the fiery streets of London in 1666! Two performers will tell the terrible tale of old in a lightning paced play! (Suitable for children aged 2-8). Tickets here.
NEW VICTORIA EXHIBITIONS AT KENSINGTON PALACE
Discover a different perspective on the life and legacy of Queen Victoria with two exhibitions that opened last year 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".
FORGOTTEN MASTERS: INDIAN PAINTING FOR THE EAST INDIA COMPANY AT THE WALLACE COLLECTION - 4 December 2019 - 19 April 2020.
The Wallace collection is a brisk 15 minutes from CGG, and tickets are now on sale for the first UK exhibition of works by Indian master painters commissioned by East India Company officials in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Guest curated by writer and historian William Dalrymple, "Forgotten Masters" presents an unprecedented opportunity to see these vivid and highly original paintings together for the first time, recognising them as among the greatest masterpieces of Indian painting. Tickets range from £9.00 - £13.50. More here.
THE 2020 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 just announced their 2020 Season:
- 16 May - 21 Jun - "101 Dalmatians" - a new musical set in Regent’s Park
- 27 Jun - 25 Jul - Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet"
- 31 Jul - 19 Sep - Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel'
- 11 Aug - 6 Sep - a new 50-minute daytime show for everyone aged 3 and over - "Dragons and Mythical Beasts"
More details here. Priority Booking for members has already opened, with Public Booking opening at 11am on Friday 11th October 2019.
SIDDONS LANE MOTORCYCLE BAYS - GOOD NEWS!
Westminster City Council have approved proposals to move the Motorcycle bays from Siddons Lane to the much wider Melcombe Street - in part following consultation submissions from the CGG RA, St Marylebone Society and many CGG residents who back on to Siddons Lane and who are blighted by the acoustics that the narrow street amplifies. They will be moved to the South side of Melcombe Street (outside the wine shop) in the next few weeks.
LONDON UNDERGROUND NOISE - GOOD NEWS?
Some Residents may have noticed a recent increase in noise from the Tube lines that run under some of our flats., and the Resident's Committee have been negotiating with TfL. An initial solution installed a couple of years ago (rubber padding) has had to be removed due to the increase in noise for travellers, but they have agreed to install new plate and wooden sleepers, which should have a positive impact, as we believe the change from wooden to concrete sleepers produced much of the original noise. The only downside is that the work could take up to a year and a number of Residents continue to engage with TfL with alternative solutions - we will keep you posted.
EUSTON/MARYLEBONE ROAD BUSIER THAN USUAL - until late March 2020
TfL have advised that from Monday 10th February until late March, they are installing new signalised crossings on Churchway and Dukes Road at their junctions with Euston Road. These works will require a series of lane closures in both directions and temporary traffic lights at the junction, resulting in queues along Euston Road between Regents Park and King's Cross during peak hours. Roads in the surrounding areas are also likely to busier as people use alternative routes, and could add a significant delay to those travelling into London. From the start of works, drivers will also be unable to turn left into Churchway from Euston Road. The new, signalised pedestrian crossings will help improve safety for people walking along Euston Road. More details here.
NICKIE AIKEN MP - OUR NEW LOCAL MP and RACHAEL ROBATHAN THE NEW LEADER OF WESTMINSTER COUNCIL
At the General Election on 12th December, the Conservative candidate, Nickie Aiken, was elected as the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency - replacing Mark Field who stood down. She was previously the Leader of Westminster City Council, and has lived in the neighbourhood for 20 years. You can find out more on her website. In her stead, Cllr Rachael Robathan has been formally elected as the new Leader of Westminster City Council. You can find out more here.
IMPROVEMENTS TO REGENTS PARK TENNIS CLUB
As many of you know, a few hundred yards from CGG are a number of tennis courts that you can book - as a member or non-member - and cater for people of all capabilities. They have promised that 2020 will include improvements to the facilities, starting with essential upgrades to toilet and changing facilities, which started on Monday 6th January, lasting 8-10 weeks – starting with the Female changing rooms/toilet facilities - and as such, they would encourage guests to arrive dressed for playing, to avoid any delays.
BAKER STREET TWO WAY SCHEME
The major construction works associated with the scheme are now complete. If you know of an issue please address it to https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it. During October, traffic surveys have been undertaken, with a report expected imminently detailing outcomes and any mitigation that may be required.
CAR CHARGING POINTS IN MARYLEBONE
There are now over 400 electric-vehicle charging-points in Westminster. Close to CGG, a new charging point is being installed in Bryanston Square - a double-socketed 22kw rapid-charge point serving two bays providing taxi and public use. This brings the total number of charging points in Bryanston and Dorset Square to 16.
EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE UK'S YOUTH PARLIAMENT
If your children have strong opinions about how to make the world a better place, the UK's Youth Parliament wants to hear from them. The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voices to bring social change through meaningful representation and campaigning. Young people across Westminster are encouraged to get involved and one way of doing so is through the 'Make Your Mark' ballot, which gives individuals a say on what topics to debate in the House of Commons by members of the Youth Parliament. Click here or email email@example.com.
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.
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 >