It’s springtime and throughout central London families are searching for some exclusive and private outside space to take advantage of the warms days and long summer evenings.

Even if the patch of space is small, it can become a peaceful spot of luxury; and we are finding properties with balconies, terraces and gardens are becoming more and more popular as we move into the summer months. “Secret” gardens are becoming the “in” thing of the moment, as people are looking for exclusivity and privacy that can disguise the fact that you’re in the centre of London.

The Secret Gardens of Green Street in Mayfair are a prime example of this trend; with over 10 properties with access to the gardens coming up for sale in recent months. Sales Negotiator, Alastair Nicholson describes how house buyers are looking for “that extra something; small can be beautiful and people are mindful of that when searching for their next home. Properties can be renovated to include top specification but you cannot simply create a garden out of nothing. That little bit of exclusivity goes a long way”.

Moreover, people are becoming more sociable, and a roof terrace for example provides the perfect platform for entertaining. They are also ideal for young families; making parents who worry about raising a child in the city more at ease.

Here are some of our favourite properties with outside space:

This beautiful penthouse occupies the upper two floors of the only residential address on Trafalgar Square and offers unrivalled views over the Square and towards Buckingham Palace. 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, lift, porter, private parking and terrace. Guide price: £15,250,000. 

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An elegant three bedroom duplex apartment  on Green Street (W1K) within the third and fourth floors of a historic Mayfair apartment block. Comprising three bedrooms, 1 reception room, open plan kitchen/dining room, balcony and private roof terrace. Guide price: £6,850,000.

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This contemporary lateral apartment sits in an award-winning development on Davies Street, W1K. Boasting two bedrooms, coveted 24 hour porterage, secure underground parking and two balconies. Guide price: £6,100,000.

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Located on 46 Green St (W1K), one of Mayfair’s premier streets – is this superbly appointed and extremely rare lateral apartment. Featuring two bedrooms, a large reception room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, guest WC, portage and access to the secret gardens of Green Street. Guide price: £6,995,000.

A thoughtfully decorated three bedroom duplex apartment on St James’s Street at the centre of London’s oldest district. Three bedrooms, double reception room, lift, porterage and balcony with views towards Green Park. Guide price: £3,950,000.