If you’ve not visited recently you won’t know that the area around Victoria station looks rather like a war zone at the moment, as the developers have recently razed entire streets near the station, flattening office blocks, shops, apartments and a hotel for a new site which will rival Cardinal Place, which was built on the opposite side of the street a few years ago.
Fortunately there’s a convenient respite from the dust and the noise just a few yards from this huge building site, in the form of Grosvenor Gardens. A triangular patch of welcome greenery, it’s packed with interesting features despite its rather diminutive size. There are not one but two little garden huts which are intricately decorated with seashells in the style of grottos, and a fairly new roughly-hewn sculpture of a torso and legs which have been upended so that it looks for all the world like someone has been buried head first in the dirt – this piece is called ‘Alien’, and is by London based painter and sculptor David Breuer-Weil who is well know for his very large works of art.
Just outside the square there’s also a rather unusual military statue, in that it celebrates a French military leader rather than a British one, namely Marshal Ferdinand Foch, who had a major role in the First World War and the signing of the Treaty Of Versailles in 1919. What’s also striking about Grosvenor Gardens at the moment is it’s very colourful planting – words don’t do these wonderful flowers justice, so I’ll leave you with some photographs to marvel at.