Dorset Square Marylebone NW1 Area Guide

Guide to Dorset Square, Marylebone NW1

The Area

Listed as a grade two Georgian square, Dorset Square is an area of reputed cultural significance. The residents-only garden is lined by the grandeur of listed terrace houses dating back to the area’s inception in 1815.

The private garden was a central feature designed by the Portman Estate, who began a five-year development plan lasting until 1820, and has changed little since. This peaceful patch of land is bordered by a pathway and planted with mature trees, including cherry and magnolia. The area has an attractive wooden bandstand and is bound by locked railings. Dorset Square gardens is owned and maintained by the Dorset Square Trust.

Amenities

A short walk from Marylebone High Street, Dorset Square is centrally located in the epicentre of London’s iconic zone one. Nearby eclectic and upscale shopping boutiques are a haven for shoppers. On the doorstep of Oxford Circus, Soho and Mayfair, Dorset Square is in close proximity to exceptional wining and dining experiences, including historic pubs and upmarket brands.

Top-rated dining, including Orrery and The Providores
Close to Marylebone’s weekly Farmers’ Market 
Easy access to Oxford Street and Marble Arch, including Selfridges
Near to the buzzing entertainment of the West End 
World-class galleries, including Cube Gallery 
Five-minutes from scenic Regent’s Park 

History

Dorset Square was built on land previously rented by Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground in 1787. After a rise in rent, Lord relocated in 1811 to what is now his eponymous cricket ground in St Johns Wood.

The Regency buildings lining Dorset Square are classic in their Georgian period architecture, predominantly high-ceiled with elegant floor to ceiling windows.

The north side of the square remains a favoured location, given its south-facing views to the garden. Renowned Dorset Square Hotel is located on the southside of the square.

As the location of several of the city’s blue plagues, past residents linked to the area include author of 101 Dalmatians, Dodie Smith, and celebrated pioneering folklorist, Sir Laurence Gomme.

Transport

Dorset Square is a couple of minutes’ walk from Marylebone station, served by the Bakerloo line, with regional services to the west of England. Baker Street station is five minutes’ walk away, where five lines run to all parts of London, including the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

Fees

Refundable Holding deposit

Capped at 1 weeks rent

Security Deposit

Capped at 5 weeks rent for annual rental under £50,000, or 6 weeks rent for annual rental over £50,000

Rent

The agreed monthly rent

Changes to tenancy

Capped at £50 inc VAT

Early termination charge

Not exceeding the landlord’s financial losses

Late payment of rent

Interest of 3% above BoE base rate for each day the rent is late, once it is 14 days overdue

Replacement keys

Reasonable costs or give the tenant the option to purchase themselves

Utilities, council tax, communication services, TV Licence etc

Tenants own responsibility unless otherwise stated in contract

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