Author Archives: leafshade

Whose face on the new £50 note?

Contenders for gracing the redesigned £50 note are lining up, but one gaining support has a strong Bloomsbury connection: Noor Inayat Khan, whose memorial sculpture is to be found in Gordon Square. Moscow-born Noor lived as a child in London and France, and in 1942 was living again with her family in Taviton Street, just […]

An evening with Zachary Macaulay, anti-slavery activist

The Friends of St George’s Gardens and Goodenough College invite you to An evening with Zachary Macaulay in the Gardens at 5.45 for 6.00pm on Friday 19th October 2018 RSVP to friendsofstgeorges@hotmail.com by October 12 Please gather at the Handel Street entrance, WC1N 1PD The evening will start with the dedication of a new memorial to this leading […]

Repton’s Bloomsbury Squares

FRIENDS OF BRUNSWICK SQUARE are celebrating the bicentenary year of Humphry Repton, landscape gardener, during the Bloomsbury Festival by presenting an illustrated talk by Susan Jellis, author of ‘Repton’s London Squares’ in the new book Repton in London, published by the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Wednesday 17 October at 7.30 pm, UCL School of […]

Tavistock Square memorial honouring the victims of the 7/7 bombing

 Recently unveiled, the Tavistock Square Gardens memorial honours the 13 people who died when the number 30 bus exploded in front of the British Medical Association office in the square on 7 July 2005. It also recognises the efforts of the emergency services and the public who helped in the aftermath of the attack. Fifty-two people died […]

TV stardom for Bloomsbury Squares

One of the smaller Bloomsbury squares had a starring role in the last episode of the recent BBC drama Bodyguard –Woburn Square. Spoiler alert: a man in a suicide vest was being negotiated with by armed police as he stood in the middle of the square – which isn’t square at all but long and […]

Humphry Repton bicentenary year

The celebrated garden designer of Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square, Humphry Repton, died 200 years ago this year. He was in many ways the successor of Capability Brown and there special events celebrating  his work across the country. Two are taking place on our doorstep in Bloomsbury: Repton in Context – a  lecture series at […]

Broods of blackbirds

Ricci de Freitas of Marchmont Community Garden (MCG) writes: You won’t believe it, but I had noticed a female blackbird hanging around in the garden for a few weeks. I saw it fly into the green ivy wall a few times.Then I heard the familiar sounds associated with nesting and feeding young. After a few […]