We've also picked out some of the top properties for sale in these exclusive enclaves - and they are worth a blooming fortune.

London is an enormous, bustling metropolis. But tucked away off some of its busiest streets are quiet, green oases: the city’s garden squares.

This weekend, the gates to more than 200 green spaces, many normally closed to the public, including the gardens at No.10 Downing Street, will be thrown open as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend

Interested to know more? Or simply want to dream on?

With help from Hamptons International, one of the event’s sponsors, we've pulled together the 10 most expensive garden squares in London: 

  Garden square Area Average house price
1 Carlton House Terrace Gardens Westminster £8.79m
2 Eaton Square Belgravia £5.88m
3 Wilton Crescent Garden  Belgravia  £5.35m
4 St James's Gardens  Notting Hill  £3.81m
5 Thurloe Square  Brompton  £3.76m
6 Rosmead Garden  Notting Hill  £3.64m
7 Kensington Square  Kensington  £3.16m 
8 Park Crescent  Marylebone  £3m
9 Hanover Gardens  Notting Hill  £2.97m
10 Markham Square  Chelsea  £2.73m

And, from Eaton Square to Kensington Square, here's our pick of some of the finest properties for sale in these exclusive enclaves:

Eaton Square, Belgravia: Seven-bedroom terraced house for sale for £30m

With this price-tag, you'd expect some perks. And you won't be disappointed. There's a state-of-the-art cinema, gym, lift, large terrace and a double garage - not to mention separate staff accommodation.  

Eaton Square is one of the most prestigious addresses in London. Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin and more recently, investor George Soros, advertising mogul Charles Saatchi as well as football managers Jose Mourinho and Sven-Goran Eriksson, are all thought to have called the square home.

Available via Sotheby's International

Wilton Crescent Garden, Belgravia: Four-bedroom flat for sale for £7.76m

This sprawling flat occupies the raised ground and lower ground floors of a Grade II Listed building. Its architectural featues, including ornate cornicing and Gothic Lancet arches, are still intact.  

Wilton Crescent was built in the early 19th century and has been home to royals, political leaders and celebrities ever since. It is thought to be Belgravia’s only Portland Stone crescent.

Available via Henry & James.

St James's Gardens, Notting Hill: One-bedroom flat for sale for £550,000

Located at the top of a period building, this pied à terre is in need of a cosmetic pick-me-up but boasts excellent views of the garden square below.  

St James's Gardens is a short stroll from the boutiques, bars and restaurants in Notting Hill and Westfield Shopping Centre, as well as Holland Park. 

Available via Winkworth.

Thurloe Square, Kensington: Six-bedroom terraced house for sale for £9.95m

This Grade II-listed, stucco-fronted property is elegantly decorated and boasts a garden and a roof terrace.

Not only is Thurloe Square dog-friendly, it also has a children's playground, and it's just a stroll from the shops, restaurants and museums in South Kensington and Knightsbridge.

Available via Russell Simpson.

Kensington Square, Kensington: Five-bedroom house for sale for £6.85m

This spacious Georgian house has been brought up to date, and both the first floor drawing room and second floor master bedroom suite overlook the square.  

Situated in the heart of Kensington, the house is close to the restaurants and shops of High Street Kensington and Hyde Park.

Available via Hamptons International

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