Thurloe Square Gardens

Welcome to the Thurloe Square Gardens website.

Thurloe Square is one of London's premier garden squares, and is located in South Kensington, opposite the Victoria & Albert Museum. The gardens are private, and accessible by local residents who are members.

If you live within the EMS and would like to apply for membership, please contact John Googe at

The documents (see links to the left) provide an overview of the governance and rules for the gardens.


Thurloe Square lies like a densely embroidered green mat at the foot of the lofty front of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is one of hundreds of leafy lesser lungs which contribute to the airiness, convenience and charm of the metropolis. Laid out and developed from 1840 by George Basevi in collaboration with the Alexander family, and named rather tenuously in honour of John Thurloe (d.1668) - ‘little secretary’ to Cromwell’s protectorate.