Things to know about Thurloe Place, London


    London is full of famous streets. There’s Fleet Street, which was once known as the centre of British journalism. Oxford Street is famous for its shopping, Kensington Palace Gardens is where you’ll find the capital’s most expensive properties, while Baker Street was the home of one of the world’s greatest (fictional) sleuths, Sherlock Holmes.


    Of course, there are also thousands of streets in London that are less memorable – but they’re all unique. And often, understanding what makes a particular road interesting is simply a question of finding out what makes it different from all the rest.

    Thurloe Place is one such road. Located in South Kensington, this street probably won’t be found in any travel guides, and it probably won’t be included on any walking tours of the capital, but there’s plenty to make it interesting. In fact, if you find yourself in the area, you might even want to take a wander down this road to see it in person.

    Here are some things to know about Thurloe Place:

      • It’s named after John Thurloe – He was a secretary to the council of state during the period when Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. He also served as an advisor and spymaster.
      • There’s a private garden in Thurloe Square – Thurloe Square is a traditional garden square, and at its centre is a private communal garden for use by local residents. The land was owned by John Thurloe in the 17th century and in the 1820s, the area was developed by John Alexander. Most of the houses were designed by George Basevi, who also designed Belgrave Square and a number of churches.
      • There’s also a memorial garden – The Yalta Memorial Garden contains a memorial to the hundreds of thousands of people displaced as a result of the Yalta Conference. Also known as the Crimea Conference, this purpose of this meeting was to discuss the reorganisation of Europe after the second world war. The talks were held in February 1945 and many of the decisions made during the conference became controversial during the cold war. One of the agreements reached during the conference was that all civilians would be repatriated to their respective countries – mainly Soviet and Yugoslav authorities. At the centre of the garden is a sculpture called Twelve Responses to Tragedy. It was created by British sculptor Angela Conner and comprises twelve bronze busts on top of a stone base. The memorial was dedicated in 1986 and replaced a previous memorial that had been damaged by vandalism.
      • The V&A is located at the northern end of the road – The Victoria and Albert Museum, also known as the V&A, was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design and its permanent collection contains more than 4.5 million objects, spanning some 5,000 years.
      • It has had some notable residents – Sir Henry Cole, the first director of the V&A lived at number 33 Thurloe Square Gardens. The building has a blue plaque and is now the Kazakhstan Embassy. Margery Blackie, a British doctor who later became an expert in homoeopathy, lived and practised at number 18 Thurloe Square Gardens from 1929 to 1980. That building is also marked with a blue plaque.
      • It’s easy to find – Thurloe Place may not be a long road, but it provides a useful route from the V&A to South Kensington station. The street begins at Brompton Road near the museum, runs past the garden square and ends at Cromwell Place.
      • Getting there – The closest Tube station is South Kensington, which is on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines. A number of bus routes also serve the area, including the 14, 74, 414, C1, N74 and N97.
      • It’s within easy reach of the Park Grand London Kensington – If you’re looking for a hotel near Thurloe Place, South Kensington and the V&A, then the Park Grand London Kensington is an ideal choice. This boutique hotel caters to business travellers, families and couples on city breaks and we’ve worked hard to create a stylish and comfortable atmosphere that appeals to all of our guests. The hotel is just two minutes from Earl’s Court tube station on the District line, so visitors to Thurloe Place can get there in less than ten minutes. The street is also only about a mile away, so if you prefer to walk, it can be a lovely stroll through some of London’s more affluent areas.