Old South Park

Neighborhood: South of Market (SOMA)


In 1852 English entrepreneur George Gordon set upon creating South Park, the London-inspired planned community sitting just south of Market Street.

He envisioned an exclusive, modern neighborhood styled after a square in London, intended to be a private, secure place for the wealthy to live comfortably. It featured the first paved streets and sidewalks in the city, as well as a gate that locked at curfew.

Walk through one of George Gordon’s most personal projects and admire what’s left of the English-inspired oasis. Explore the luscious South Park, a plot of green that underwent a $2.8 million renovation in 2016. Hear about the ups and downs, the fortune and romance, and ‘Second Street Cut’ that changed everything. It’s a taste of London you can’t find anywhere else this side of the Atlantic.

Next Tours

    None scheduled in next 60 days


    Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours



    Meet at the Shell station on 3rd St. between Bryant and Brannan Sts.


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    Please note: Private group tours required for groups of 8 or more.