A rich tapestry of history
The proximity of the Square to Westminster has inevitably led to its popularity in the corridors of power. Many politicians have lived here in the past. In 1994 alone there were 59 MPs living in the Square, including 23 Conservatives, 27 Labour, and 9 Liberal Democrats. Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, famous for their involvement in the Profumo Affair, were both sub-tenants.
In the past, many a foreign dignitary has graced the hallways and gardens of the Square. In 1940 the Free French occupied Grenville House, and when General de Gaulle was in the Square, workmen had to be issued with special passes before being allowed entry to that house.