Soho is a hive … It moved and merged in 1989 into the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital, Euston Road. The statue of Charles II was carved by Danish sculptor Caius Gabriel Cibber during the King's reign in 1681 and made the centrepiece of the Square; since it has returned it has not been in the centre. The central garden and some buildings were owned by main heirs to the Dukedom of Portland's great London estates.[a][1]. Originally it contained a statue of Charles II in the centre of the garden above a fountain with a basin and figures representing the rivers Thames, Severn, Tyne and Humber. [7], A 200-person air raid shelter was built under the park during World War II, one of dozens in central London. The Football Association was headquartered at № 25 from October 2000 until 2009. See 2 floorplans, review amenities, and request a tour of the building today. Dogs not allowed [3], By the early 19th century, the statue, fountain and attendant figures was described as 'in a most wretched mutilated state; and the inscriptions on the base of the pedestal quite illegible'. It was originally called King Square after Charles II. It is recorded that in the 1790s the garden was planted with almond, peach, cherry, lilac, rose, laburnum and honeysuckle. If you would like to hold an event or film in this park please visit the Special Events website at www.westminster.gov.uk/specialevents or call 020 7641 2390. The professional leasing team is available to help you find your new place. Book now at 27 restaurants near Aloft Birmingham Soho Square on OpenTable. [2] The development lease to convert the immediately surrounding fields, for ​53 1⁄4 years, was granted in 1677 to Richard Frith, citizen (elector of the Corporation of London) and bricklayer. Soho Square is a garden square in Soho, London hosting since 1954 a de facto public park let by the Soho Square Garden Committee to Westminster City Council. Past businesses include Sony Music; the linked record label Sony Soho Square is renamed S2 Records. Publisher Rupert Hart-Davis lived at № 36 from about 1947. [6] Eleven artists whose addresses are given as being in Soho Square in exhibition catalogues, whose names do not appear in the vestry ratebooks, are listed by the 1966 Survey of London by historian F H W Sheppard. Welcome to Soho Square This very popular London Square is located at the heart of the centre of Soho and provides a small oasis behind Oxford Street. It was originally called King's Square, for King Charles II. Soho Square dates back to around 1681 in an area of land known previously as Soho fields. About Soho Square. Soho Square is home to several media organisations, including the British Board of Film Classification, 20th Century Fox, Bare Escentuals, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Dolby Europe Ltd, Fin London, Paul McCartney's MPL Communications, Tiger Aspect Productions, Wasserman Media Group and See Tickets. His library and herbarium containing many plants gathered during his travels were open to the general public. [5] In 1852 the Hospital for Women, begun nine years before at Red Lion Square, moved to № 30 to accommodate 20 more beds. A legacy of creative design and philanthropic occupants lingers including the British Board of Film Classification, 20th Century Studios UK, Dolby Europe Ltd, Tiger Aspect Productions, Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church which provides many social outreach projects to local homeless and addicts, the French Protestant Church of London (by architect Sir Aston Webb) and the House of St Barnabas a members' club since 2013 which fundraises and hosts events and exhibitions for homeless-linked good causes. From 1955 to 1993, 13 Soho Square was the home and headquarters of animator Richard Williams.[14]. Basic Introduction taken from other text just a few words only perhaps goes on to a thrird line just a few more words.... ../../workspace/images/soho-sq-4095.jpg,800,1200, ../../workspace/images/soho-sq-4093.jpg,800,1200, ../../workspace/images/soho-sq-4087.jpg,1200,800, ../../workspace/images/soho-sq-4071.jpg,1200,800, ../../workspace/images/Soho-Square.jpg,250,187. Fauconberg House was on the north side of the square until its demolition in 1924. From 1967 to 1968, TVC Animation Studio leased floors at № 20 for the production of The Beatles - Yellow Submarine animated feature film. Twelve years later it bought 2 Frith Street; the old site was remodelled in 1908. [2] Goodall placed the statue on an island in his lake at Grim's Dyke, where it remained when dramatist W. S. Gilbert purchased the property in 1890, and there it stayed after Gilbert's death in 1911. Experience a new standard at Soho Square. The composer Benjamin Frankel lived at 17 Soho Square between 1953 and 1957, where he often hosted a circle of artists including the poet Cecil Day Lewis, film director Anthony Asquith, and the writer Leonard Woolf.[13]. At the square's centre is a black-and-white, half-timbered, rustic gardener's hut with a steep hipped roof, a squat upper storey which overhangs (jettying), supported by timber columns. Today the gardens provide a green oasis in the densly built-up West End. [3], Two of the original houses, №s 10 and 15, still stand. It was originally called King Square after Charles II. In 2015 Westminster Council announced plans to put it up for sale. [34], The Lindisfarne album Elvis Lives On the Moon also includes a song named "Soho Square". Its details use "Tudorbethan" style, built to appear as an octagonal market cross building. British History Online, main heirs to the Dukedom of Portland's great London estates, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vols33-4/pp51-53, "Soho Square Area: Portland Estate: Soho Square Garden", "Bomb shelter under Soho Square could be London's next top restaurant venue, http://www.burroughesandwatts.com/bw_heritage.html, "British Movietonews – the process from idea to screen", "British History Online: No. Its statue of Charles II has stood since the square's 1661 founding (one year after the restoration of the monarchy) except between 1875 and 1938; it is today well-weathered. New iron railings and gates were provided in 1959 by the Soho Square Garden Committee with the assistance of Westminster City Council. The square is largely paved, interspersed with four symmetrical lawn areas, with mature trees and shrub planting. F H W Sheppard (London, 1966), pp. The park is bounded by Spring Street on the north, Broome Street on the south, Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) on the east, and on the west by a narrow two-block street considered to be a spur of Sixth Avenue. [3], A common for commercial/high demand areas sequence of house rebuilding and renovation which had begun in the 1730s, when many of the houses built in the 1670s and 1680s were becoming dilapidated and old fashioned, continued for the next one and a half centuries. This very popular London Square is located at the heart of the centre of Soho and provides a small oasis behind Oxford Street. Explore reviews, photos & menus and find the perfect spot for any occasion. from the musical My Fair Lady, Professor Henry Higgins laments, "Hear them down in Soho Square/Dropping H's everywhere. In the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Soho Square is where Lucie and her father, Doctor Manette, reside. 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