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Our own Nickie Aiken to stand as MP for Westminster

We are delighted to be able to report to you, as a matter of public information, that our own Warwick Square resident, Ward councillor and Leader of Westminster Council Nickie Aiken, has been selected as the official Conservative Party candidate to represent our flagship constituency of ‘Cities of London and Westminster’ in Parliament. Our long-standing MP Mark Field announced recently that he would not stand at the next General Election in December.

It is entirely appropriate therefore that Nickie has been selected, from a competitive field of candidates, to represent this key constituency, which spans geographically both the City of London and also the City of Westminster. No-one understands more completely than Nickie the opportunities and challenges which face these ‘Twin Cities’; because she has spent years as a Councillor working successfully to alleviate problems throughout the borough, ranging from providing accommodation for rough sleepers, through aggressively targeting drug-dealing, to enhancing the many Westminster Council services for children, education and community protection.

If anyone would like to contact Nickie or her Campaign Team to offer support during her election campaign, they should ring the Constituency Office at 90 Ebury Street: 020 7730 8181 or email her at nickie@nickieaiken.org.uk.

As always there will be many candidates standing in the General Election and you can find out more about who they are and their Parties by clicking here.

Head gardener Sarah Syborn wins Gold again for Warwick Square

Pimlico Plan. Major Report on the Past and Future for our “Village”

Pimlico Neighbourhood Forum has produced a superb, detailed plan for the future of the area, seeking to preserve and enhance its unique village atmosphere. The lavishly illustrated document relates Pimlico’s development from a swampy wilderness to Thomas Cubitt’s stucco masterpiece that is still largely today’s Pimlico. It looks at ways to preserve local shops and markets in the face of online retail domination and to protect residents from excessive traffic.

Click here to see this fascinating report in full.

An introduction to Warwick Square

Click here to read an introduction to Warwick Square from Colin Sheaf, both a resident and Honorary Chairman of the Warwick Square Company.

Winning blooms for Square’s head gardener

The Square’s head gardener, Sarah Syborn, has won two first prizes and several other awards at the 2019 International Camellia Society show at Chiswick House. “I was rather bullied into entering the show by a friend,” said Sarah, “but I’m delighted.”

Colin Sheaf, chairman of the Warwick Square Co Ltd, commented: “Wonderful result of being bullied. My warmest congratulations.”

Our blooming great garden wins a fourth gold award

THE historic Warwick Square Garden has won gold in the prestigious London in Bloom competition for the fourth time. Head Gardener Sarah Syborn (pictured) proudly collected the award at a ceremony in London in September 2018. The judges said: “The Warwick Square Garden is a gem.”

Colin Sheaf, Hon. Chairman of the Warwick Square Company Ltd, comments:

“The Warwick Square Company Board directors, and we are sure all our garden users, congratulate Head Gardener Sarah Syborn and her highly-committed colleagues Mandy, Craig and Mike for retaining this major award, and thank them very much for maintaining the high quality of planting and maintenance in our historic Grade 2 garden, admired not merely by our fob holders lucky enough to enjoy it, but nationally by some of Britain leading horticultural experts.”

Click here for the full story.

The carpenter who helped to build Pimlico. A fascinating history.

A book review by Peter Hill, a Warwick Square resident 

History seldom tells us about ordinary people and it was fascinating to read the autobiography of William Symons Julian, a Cornish farm boy who learned a carpenter’s trade and came to London in the 1860s and helped to build Pimlico. William’s memoir was discovered in an attic by his descendants… read more.

What is this rare historic object?

What is this rare historic object adorning railings outside a house in Pimlico? Click here to find out.

Warwick Square Garden – Summer Newsletter

Now that Summer has officially started we thought it would be a good time to remind all key holders of some of the events and issues that affect our Square, including:

  • Drinks receptions
  • Website
  • Rubbish
  • Dogs
  • Tennis

Click here to view the full newsletter.

We love Lorne – top new local restaurant – by Peter Hill

Had a great meal at the new Lorne restaurant in Wilton Road. The roast cod in an intriguing piquant sauce was the best I’ve ever tasted and my wife’s choice of the hogget was superb. See the review in the Sunday Times magazine of June 16.

Katie Exton, who opened the restaurant with head chef Peter Hall, is keen to welcome locals and offers residents of Warwick Square a 10 per cent discount. Just take along some document that shows you live here.

Visit www.lornerestaurant.co.uk or call 020 3327 0210.

Join ‘The Thorney Island Society’!

Interested in local Westminster history and the built environment, ranging from prehistoric wetlands until the 20th century? Concerned about the challenges our historic neighbour faces today from ill-considered local development? Please join ‘The Thorney Island Society’… read more

 The Warwick Square Garden is in bloom!

If you were away over Christmas I hope these photos will entice you to take a walk around the Square and enjoy some of the glories of the garden. To counter the myth that nothing grows in gardens in winter I’ve planted many plants and shrubs that flower during the winter months especially those with highly scented flowers. These flowers tend to be rather insignificant to protect themselves against the elements but to attract the few insects around at this time of year they have strong scents.  It’s possible to catch a waft of the most gloriously exotic scent and not actually see any flowers.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Best wishes

Sarah Syborn,
Head gardener

img_1398Blooming brilliant garden team win gold and silver – again!

Every year, two specialist English gardening organisations make awards for outstanding gardens, parks and community green areas within Greater London. We only began to compete a couple of years ago, and to our delight in 2015 we won Silver for the ‘Large Private Square category’ in the London Squares Garden Competition, and Gold for ‘Small Park of the Year’ awarded by London in Bloom.

I’m delighted to be able to tell you that our head gardener Sarah Syborn (pictured in the attached image receiving her award) and her three colleagues Mandy, Craig and Mick have excelled themselves even further this year, by retaining their Gold award (just announced) for London in Bloom, and raising the level of their award to Silver-Gilt in the London Squares Garden Competition. There are hundreds of applicants for these awards, so it is a major achievement to win either of the top ones once, much less twice over two years.

Please join the Company Board and me in congratulating our gardening team, preferably when you meet them in the garden! It is very encouraging that a small focused team like them, working with an entirely voluntary group of Board directors and Garden Committee members, can maintain the classic features of an historic, listed Grade 2 Victorian garden; while simultaneously adapting it into a Gold-medal winning garden, particularly admired by the judges for its deliberately environmentally-friendly aspects in a 21st-century context.

Colin Sheaf
Hon Chairman
The Warwick Square Company Ltd


For inquiries about external membership of the Warwick Square Gardens (very limited) contact Fry & Co, 52 Moreton Street, London SW1V 2PB. Tel: Lara Swycher on 020 7821 2241.