Present day landmarks
1. Jack Barclay
Established in 1927, Jack Barclay is the world's oldest and largest Bentley dealership with a rich heritage laid down by the company's founder. Jack Barclay was passionate about motor racing and achieved no fewer than eight world records in the international 3 litre racing class.
2. Lansdowne Club
Lansdowne House is a building to the south west of Berkeley Square. It was designed by Robert Adam as a private house and for most of it's time as a residence it belonged to the Petty family, Marquesses of Lansdowne and Harry Gordon Selfridge, founder of the Selfridges department store. Since 1935 it has been the home of the Lansdowne Club.
For hundreds of years 50 Berkeley Square was said to be the most haunted house in London. The house, in which Prime Minister George Canning died in 1827, is currently occupied by the antiquarian and rare booksellers, Maggs Bros. The house has well documented sightings of ghosts which have included a little girl and a young woman. A grotesque man with a gaping mouth is also said to have haunted this building for many years.
4. Pump House
Standing on the site originally occupied by an equestrian sculpture of George III, by Beaupre 1772, it was removed in 1827 as the legs buckled under the weight of its rider and was replaced by the Pump House Gazebo. Every September to the north of the pump house there is a huge marquee for the ultra glamorous Berkeley Square Ball in aid of the Princes Trust
In 1858 Henry, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne commisioned the figure of the nymph holding an overflowing vase as a drinking fountain. It was carved by Alexander Munro in white Carrera marble. It was restored to working order in 1994 with a bequest from Jack Barclay.
6. Famous Tree
Plane trees are amoungst the oldest in London and were planted in the square by Edward Bouverie who lived at No13. The tree pictured opposite Berkeley House is London's highest valued tree estimated to be worth £750,000 in a new 2008 study that takes into account age and contribution to the local environment.
7. Berkeley Street
Home of famous hotels such as the Mayfair and running from Berkeley Square to Piccadilly and The Ritz this was the fictitious street where Bertie Wooster lived in the P.G. Wodehouse Jeeves & Wooster novels.
If you are lucky to see one, as immortilised in "A Nightingale Singing in Berkeley Square", by Sherwin & Eric Maschwit 1940.