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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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.
ALICE THE HAWK COMES TO CGG!
One way that the CGG Residents' Association have implemented to combat the presence of pigeons in the street, has been to commission a bird of prey - Alice - to fly up and down the street to humanely deter those pigeons who have sought to make CGG their home. The presence of Alice was enough to suggest to these pigeons that there must be a better place for them to roost! Have a look at this website's Photo Gallery if you missed it!
CCG RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE
The minutes from the AGM on Thursday 27th June 2019 have been uploaded to the Resident's area of this website. Also added are the minutes from the CGG Pigeon Meeting on 10th July 2019, and within here you find a copy of the presentation, along with the survey results and photographs. Draft minutes from the latest CCGRA Committee Meeting on Monday 22nd July have also been posted, so do take a look if you are registered... but if not contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details how to access these important updates. The latest CGG RA Committee Meeting took place on Wednesday 16th October, and the Draft Minutes will uploaded shortly.
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.
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 published in December 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.
20 MPH CONSULTATION
Westminster Council is proposing 20mph speed limits across the city in its drive to make Westminster a safer, healthier and cleaner environment for everyone. It is claimed that reducing speeds decreases the severity of accidents and makes it safer to walk and cycle – helping improve public space and encourage healthier, more active lifestyles. The say of people living here is important, so please register your views here. The consultation is open until 10th December 2019.
TESCO ON MELCOMBE STREET CLOSED - Saturday 16th November to Tuesday 17th December 2019
As many of you may have seen, our nearest retail outlet - Tesco - at the bottom end of our street, closed on Saturday 16th November, to undergo extensive refurbishments. It is due to reopen on Tuesday 17th December. In the meantime, the excellent Fruit Garden on Melcombe Street offers many similar products, and within a 5 minute walk we have the Co-Op on Park Road, and a Tesco and Sainsbury on Baker Street.
IT HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AT MARYLEBONE LIBRARY - Fridays 22nd November and 6th December 2019 - 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
If you are a senior citizen looking to develop your digital skills, and would you like to learn how to use them more effectively in a relaxed atmosphere with tea and cake... then Westminster Council are hosting a number of FREE sessions at our local library. Please bring your mobile, laptop, iPad etc - so that you can receive one to one tutoring with your own device. To book your place contact Steve Spavin from AgeUK Westminster by phone 020 3004 5610 or by email. More details here.
AUTUMN FEAST AT JIKONI, 19 - 21 BLANDFORD STREET - Sunday 24th November 2019
Jikoni is a neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, serving home cooked food inspired by flavours and cultures across Asia, The Middle East, East Africa and Great Britain. This Autumn to mark their third birthday, on Sunday 24th November, they will host a Sunday Brunch Paratha Party (from 11.00am). Book tickets here.
ANNUAL INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF LIFE IN MARYLEBONE AT ST MARYLEBONE PARISH CHURCH ON Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 7pm
The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans will open the doors of the stunning St Marylebone Parish Church on Marylebone Road for its Annual Interfaith Celebration of Life in Marylebone. All are welcome to attend the service which starts at 7pm. Revd Evans will deliver an order of service, which includes guest speakers representing those of the faiths from within Marylebone to celebrate life in the area. Please RSVP your attendance to the Parish Office here.
FREE GUIDED WALK - "THE OLD MARYLEBONE TOWN HALL" - Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 1pm
This FREE guided walk allows you to discover Marylebone Town Hall which opened in 1920 and has become part of the London Business School campus but is also still one of the most popular venues in London for weddings and civil partnerships including the marriages of the Beatles and several Hollywood Stars. Learn about the celebrities who liked the venue so much they got married here twice and hear about all the gossip, the history and secret royal connections. The walk sets off from outside 55 Baker Street for an enthralling free 45-minute walk, which is completely FREE and more here.
CHILTERN STREET CHRISTMAS RETURNS - Thursday 28th November 2019 from 5pm-8pm
Chiltern Street Christmas returns for another year on Thursday 28th November. From 5pm - 8pm, there will be a host of entertainment, workshops and exclusive promotions, as well as delicious food and drink. Expect wreath making, oysters and cocktails by Chiltern Firehouse, mulled wine, bow-tie races and Christmas gifting. For more information, click here.
FREE CALLIGRAPHY CLASS IN CHILTERN STREET - Thursday 28th November 2019 at 5pm-8pm
Learn how to write beautiful gift tags using a variety of pens and ink and nib, and let expert Japanese Calligraphy teacher, Keiko help you discover your unique style. Chiltern Street will be buzzing with live performances, creative workshops and food and drink from some of the area’s best restaurants and in-store promotions – do pop by! FREE to attend and more details here.
THANKSGIVING SPECIAL CHEF'S TABLE AT DORSET SQUARE HOTEL - Thursday 28th November 2019 at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Celebrate Thanksgiving at a special Chef's Table in The Potting Shed on Thursday 28th November. After a welcome drink, settle in for a delicious three-course menu created by Firmdale Hotels' Executive Head Chef with seasonal dishes. £50 per person with wine pairing. Details here.
MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS AT LONDON ZOO - Saturday 30th November - Tuesday 24th December 2019
With a whole host of festive activities, our neighbours 15 minutes' walk across Regent's Park have got everything you need for a jam-packed fun family day out this Christmas - from meeting Santa in his magical grotto to Free Festive Film screening on the big screen where you can cosy up with tasty snacks and a hot drink to enjoy your favourite Christmas films, to becoming Keepers’ Little Helpers preparing seasonal surprises for the Zoo residents, and watching the animals enjoy their treats throughout the day at the 12 animals at Christmas talks. More details here. For an extra special treat, you can book a VIP Meet Santa experience, where the elves will sneak you into the Zoo before opening for a tasty breakfast with Mrs Claus and an exclusive tour before visiting Santa’s grotto. More here.
FREE GUIDED WALK - "CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WALK" - Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 6pm
This FREE guided walk allows you to undertake a special evening walk to reveal the stories behind the first Christmas lights installations in and around Marylebone. The walk sets off from outside 55 Baker Street for an enthralling free 45-minute walk, which is completely FREE and more here.
CHRISTMAS JUNIOR TENNIS CLUB AT REGENT'S PARK - Friday 9th-13th December or 16th-20th December 2019
The Will to Win Regent's Park Tennis Club are offering Junior Tennis Camps - "Mini Red" (age 4-7) 9-11am and "Junior" (age 7-16) from 10am-3pm running Monday – Friday 9th-13th or 16th-20th December. Each camp runs over 5 days and includes a wide variety of drills, games and match-play. More details here.
FREE GUIDED WALK - "PUBLIC ART (STATUES TO SUBWAYS)" - Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 1pm
This FREE guided walk allows you to discover the public art in and around Marylebone, from memorials, statues including Baker Street’s very own Sherlock Holmes to the treasures in the Wonderpass. The walk sets off from outside 55 Baker Street for an enthralling free 45-minute walk, which is completely FREE and more here.
NEW VICTORIA EXHIBITIONS AT KENSINGTON PALACE
Discover a different perspective on the life and legacy of Queen Victoria with two new exhibitions opened 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".
"THE LONDON THAT NEVER WAS" EXHIBITION AT THE GUILDHALL - until 8 December 2019
Whilst The Guildhall is a 30-minute tube ride away, in Gresham Street in the City, it is listed here because this exhibition includes the rejected designs for a colossal burial pyramid that might have loomed over Primrose Hill - itself a 15 minute walk from CGG. Amongst the discarded designs and rejected plans that lurk behind every important building in London are numerous and also include a crystal Tower Bridge clad in glass. "The London That Never Was" explores the collections of the London Metropolitan Archives on plans and drawings of some of the most intriguing proposals that never made it far from the drawing board. Totally FREE, and more details here.
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.
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 >