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 next CGG RA Committee Meeting is on Wednesday 16th October, so if you have anything you wish to raise, please let one of the Committee know.
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 will be 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.
CONSULTATION ON MOTORCYCLE BAYS IN SIDDONS LANE
Most residents will have received a notification of the consultation to try and reduce some of the noise in neighbouring Siddons Lane that disturbs CGG residents on the back of flats on the East Side of the street. Westminster Council are consulting on moving the motorcycle bays from the narrow and echo-ey Siddons Lane to the much wider Melcombe Street, replacing them with more Resident's Bays, which CGG residents (with a permit) can use. This should be good news and CGG Residents are encouraged to support the consultation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 7518/JH, by 11th October 2019.
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.
IT HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AT MARYLEBONE LIBRARY - Fridays 11th/25th October, 8th/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.
CHEF'S TABLE AT DORSET SQUARE HOTEL - Friday 18th October 2019
One of the best restaurants in London is a stone's throw from CGG, and they are putting on an Autumn Harvest Chef's Table on Friday 18th October in the charming surroundings of The Potting Shed basement restaurant. Executive Head Chef, Robin Read has created a three-course dinner using the best British beef from Aubrey Allen, as well as seasonal produce including blackberries and apples. Each course will be expertly paired with wine selections that complement the dishes. £50 per person including a glass of Chapel Down English sparkling wine and canapés on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings. More details here
TENNIS IN REGENT'S PARK - HALF-TERM HOLIDAY CAMP - Monday - Friday 14-18th October, 21-25th October, 28 October-1st November 2019
Junior Tennis Camps are back at Regent's Park Tennis Club! Mini Red (age 4-7) 9-11am and Junior (age 7-16) running 10am-3pm on Monday - Friday 14-18th October, 21-25th October, 28 October – 1st November. Each camp is run over 5 days and includes a wide variety of drills, games and match-play. More details here.
CITY LIONS HALF-TERM SESSION - Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th October 2019
City Lions is back for another jam-packed half-term session. From Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 October 2019, 13-16 year-olds can visit some of Westminster's most iconic locations for FREE. Trips to the world famous auction house Christie's and a creative workshop at Westminster Abbey are available, plus many more. Sign up today by emailing here.
EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE WALLACE COLLECTION - Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th October 2019
The Wallace Collection is a gentle 15 minute stroll from CGG, and has some amazing activities for all the family. Two events for half-term - "Ghostly Gondolas and Spooky Ships" on Wednesday 23rd October, 10.30 - 15.30, which is a workshop for children aged 7-10 years allowing them to combine materials and kit out a craft fit to carry a cargo of ghouls, pirates and more! Inspired by the many ships of years past in the Wallace Collection, come create a haunted ship this half-term with artist Gwen Ramsay. Tickets are £20 here. "Horrifying Helmets" is on Friday 25 October, 10.30 -15.30 - a day of exploring, drawing and making in this workshop for children and young people aged 11 - 14 years, discovering how armour was used to scare, intimidate and impress; take a closer look at some of the most impressive on display and create some masks of our own to take home. Tickets are also £20 here.
MANOLO BLAHNIK EXHIBITION AT THE WALLACE COLLECTION - until 27th October 2019
The Wallace Collection is a gentle 15 minute stroll from CGG, and has an amazing array of paintings and exhibits. On 10th June they launched an exciting new partnership, with a personally selected edit of shoe designs from Blahnik’s private archives set amongst the masterpieces of the Wallace. This FREE exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see excellence in contemporary design alongside the exceptional quality of the Wallace Collection’s own art works. Accompanied by an exciting programme of evening panel discussions including a range of special guest speakers including Manolo Blahnik himself, Dame Mary Beard, Amber Butchart, Victoria Siddall, and others! Book tickets 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.
TFL'S LOST PROPERTY OFFICE TO LEAVE BAKER STREET
TfL’s Lost Property Office is moving to a new home in Pelham Street in South Kensington in October. The current premises at 200 Baker Street, have housed the Lost Property Office since 1933, is no longer suitable for the efficient running of the service that finds than 900 items of lost property on London’s transport network every single day. Full relocation is expected to be complete by 21st October and the office at Baker Street will remain open to customers until then for the collection of their property.
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 >