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Bloomsbury Square

Sit on a bench and admire the magnificent architecture that surrounds this leafy square situated in one of London’s most handsome districts.

Bloomsbury Square is a place to relax, collect your thoughts and appreciate a fine collection of Georgian architecture. It’s a much-loved green space of the Bloomsbury area and frequented by everyone from courting couples to picnicking families and workers on their lunch breaks. Established by the Earl of Southampton in the 1660s as the garden of his estate, Bloomsbury Square is one of London’s oldest squares.

The square has a central, paved plaza surrounded by tree-shaded lawns. Take a seat on one of the benches and watch as an assortment of people go about their business. Watch as city workers take a moment of peace during their lunch hour and see students deeply engrossed in books.

At the northern entrance to the square is an information sign that gives an insight into the restoration of the square, which took place between 2006 and 2007. Look for a bronze statue of Charles James Fox, a renowned statesman and Whig politician.

Stroll around the outside of the square to appreciate the grandiose Georgian terrace houses. Notable former residents include the writer Isaac D’Israeli and the architect Edwin Lutyens. Overlooking the square’s eastern side is the neoclassical-style Victoria House. Once the headquarters of an insurance company, today it is a retail and leisure complex.

On sunny days, the square is an idyllic setting for picnics. Purchase food and drinks from the nearby supermarkets and cafés.

Located in the southeast corner of Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Square is easy to reach via public transport. Buses stop on the square’s encompassing streets and the Holborn Tube station is a 5-minute walk away. There is a metered car park beneath the square.

Bloomsbury Square is open during daylight hours. Combine your time here with a visit to some of Bloomsbury other attractions. The British Museum, home to thousands of art and archaeological artifacts, is just a few steps away. Alternatively, explore vibrant neighboring areas such as Covent Garden and Soho.


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