streetview of Lillington Gardens

Lillington Gardens

194 Dwellings per hectare
777 units in 13 buildings (3-8 floors)

The subject of an open architectural competition, Lillington Gardens (SW1V 2SU) was constructed between 1961 and 1980. Known for its staggered elevations, generous courtyard style green spaces and red-brown brick, it is widely regarded as an archetypal high-density, low-rise scheme. It is the one of the last high-density public housing schemes built in London during the post-war period. 

It takes influence from the church of St James the Less (completed 1861), around which it was built. The entire estate was designated a conservation area in 1990, and is now owned by Westminster Council and managed by its arms-length management organisation, CityWest Homes.


 Balconies at Lillington Gardens

What residents say

If you live in a flat, it is not a house and you have to accept to live differently.

I've been pleasantly surprised. It's central London yet feels like a small town - in a good way!

Lack of community feel is because I think that social housing tenants do not realise the beauty of their estate and appreciate living here.