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Brown Hart Gardens, London

The perfect spot for an alfresco breakfast

The perfect spot for an alfresco breakfast

Tracey Pollard

Maybe its because its located on the first floor above an electricity substation, or maybe I should open my eyes more and look upwards but until this week, I’ve missed Brown Hart Gardens in the heart of Mayfair. The gardens have been their since 1906 and they provide 10,000 sq.ft. so I really should have noticed this grade II listed structure but in 2012 Grosvenor Estate refurbished the park and added The Garden Café, resulting in a special part of London which should be sought out.
Set just a stones throw from Oxford Street and Selfridges, the garden is an oasis of calm and makes the perfect spot for an alfresco breakfast or glass of wine. Its location above the substation means it is a calm and safe environment away from the streetscape and traffic below.  The cafe, run by Benugo’s, seats 50 and serves a modern healthy menu to eat in or take away to eat at your desk or enjoy in the garden.  The café blends into its surrounding with 3 glazed walls and sliding doors, allowing the outside in. As the design benefits from so much glazing, the building has been developed to include a heating system for the café.
To offer full flexibility and variety to the planting design throughout the season, the planters are on wheels, which allows the space to be opened up for events such as the Mayfair market, which fortnightly hosts an amazing selection of artisan food producers and other bespoke events throughout the year.