Children’s Fun Day @ Brown Hart Gardens, Duke Street, London (Sat 22; 10am to 5pm)

August 22, 2009

brown-hartsEnjoy fun and frolics at Brown Hart Gardens’ traditional children’s fun day.

Entertainers, games and rides will make a fun packed day for all the family – and it’s free!

Hosted in the family friendly Brown Hart Garden’s, just a two minute walk from Bond Street Tube Station in London’s Mayfair. It’s going to be a fun packed day with lots of entertainment, games and rides to keep the children amused all day long. It’s fun for all the family and even better it’s completely free of charge.

Where:
Brown Hart Gardens
Duke Street, Westminster, London, W1K 6WP

Time:
10am to 5pm

Price:
Children are free to come along at any point throughout the day and no ticket necessary.

About Brown Hart Gardens
Brown Hart Gardens began life as Duke Street Gardens, a western offshoot of Duke Street, which by the end of the eighteenth century was already well-established as a trading street, lined with shops and small houses. When the houses were pulled down to make way for Chesham and Balderton Buildings in 1886-88, a communal garden was laid down the centre for the benefit of the residents of the flats.

In 1902 the site was leased by the second Duke of Westminster to the Westminster Electricity Supply Co. to build a sub-station which was originally supplied from a power station in Davies Street, this meant that the street level garden had to be removed . The old garden was closed in 1903 and a two-year programme of works began. The substation was completed in 1905 to the design of C. Stanley Peach.

The substation was constructed in a Baroque style from Portland stone and featured a pavilion and steps at either end, a balustrade and Diocletian windows along the sides to light the galleries of the engine rooms and deep basements. In order to compensate local residents for the loss of the old communal garden, the Duke of Westminster insisted that a paved Italian Garden featuring trees in tubs be placed on the top of the substation, and the new Duke Street Gardens were opened in 1906.

Today the private raised terrace is open to the general public and is a pleasant spot in which to while away an hour with a sandwich and a good book or enjoy events such as free classical music concerts, open air theatre and the free children’s fun day provided by Grosvenor, the areas major landowner.

For more information:
www.brownhartgardens.co.uk