Cavendish Square - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This panorama of Cavendish Square was taken in the autumn, yet it was still warm enough for people to sit on the grass and relax. In the summer time the square is very busy and popular at lunchtimes when workers from the surrounding shops and offices have lunch here.
Cavendish Square - FURTHER INFORMATION
Cavendish Square - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cavendish Square' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Cavendish Square is one of the lesser known open spaces in London tucked away close to Oxford Circus and Oxford Street. Surrounded by roads, offices and shops, Cavendish Square contains some seating and grassy areas. On the shouth side is John Lewis shopping centre and nearby you will find Harvey Nicholls, Debenhams, and House of Fraser.
Cavendish Square was first developed in 1717 by the 2nd Earl of Oxford for his wife Henrietta Cavendish-Hollace. Oxford Street was also being redeveloped at the same time and the square became very fashionable among the upper classes in London, with individuals like the Duke of Chandos choosing to build there. However, the South Sea Bubble burst causing many to lose money, including the Duke of Chandos who had to settle for building something rather less grand in London than originally planned.
Cavendish Square became popularized by references to it in books by Charles Dickens, including Nicholas Nickleby, Lottle Dorrit and Barnaby Rudge. The square is contains statues of both William (Duke of Cumberland who defeated the Bonnie Prince Charles at the battle of Culloden) and Lord George Bentinck (Conservative MP of late 19C).
Cavendish Square was the home of Heythorp College until rising costs forced the college to move out in 1993. In the 1970's vehicle access around Cavendish Square was improved and an underground car park installed, which destroyed much of the original layout. The area is also now surrounded by shops supplying the private practices that line Harley Street and Wimpole Street.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Oxford Circus
Tube: Bond Street (Central, Jubilee lines), Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo, Victoria lines).