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London's Smallest Square

Explore London's 18th-century public square

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Have you visited London's smallest square, Pickering Place?

About Pickering Place

Originally a garden, Pickering Court was created in 1731 and named after William Pickering – a coffee merchant and the son-in-law of Widow Bourne, the founder of Berry Bros & Rudd. This historic wine merchant has operated from the same shop, bordering Pickering Place since 1698.

In the 18th century this secluded London square gained a reputation for gambling and as a location for duels. One of its most famous duellists was rumoured to be Beau Brummell (1778-1840), who is immortalised with a sculpture in nearby Piccadilly Arcade.

Pickering Place today

With its beautiful Georgian architecture, original working gaslights and wrought iron railings, a visit to Pickering Place is a like taking a step back in time. Be sure to visit during the festive season to see the neighbourhood’s hidden Christmas tree.

How to find Pickering Place

Starting at Green Park Underground Station, walk towards Piccadilly Circus and turn right onto St James’s Street. Continue until you reach a narrow arched alleyway with a gold number 3 above the entrance. Here, marked with a plaque, you’ll find the entrance to Pickering Place: London's smallest public square.