New Square is a fine example of a London square of the late 17th century. It began to be developed by an enterprising member of the Inn, Henry Serle hence its original name: Serle Court.
The square was originally paved with an elaborate structure in its centre – a column bearing a sundial on top of a fountain and surrounded by stone lions. Its place is occupied today by the ‘Jubilee Fountain’ designed by William Pye to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
On the eastern side of the square is an attractive garden, formerly the Inn’s kitchen garden. The wrought iron gates and railings were designed by Stephen Tomlin, son of an Inn member, and an associate of the Bloomsbury set.
Today, many summer events are held on the central lawn.