Category Russell Square

Open Garden Squares Weekend in the Bloomsbury Squares 17 & 18 June 2017

Over 200 gardens in London are taking part this year.  In Bloomsbury many of the squares and hidden gardens will be open or have special activities. See the Open Garden Squares website to find details of which gardens are open on which days over the weekend and what’s on in each. There is a free […]

From Fields to Fountains -the story of Bloomsbury’s Russell Square

Local historian Ricci de Freitas has produced a splendid companion volume to his earlier book ‘Tales of Brunswick Square -Bloomsbury’s Untold Past‘. It documents the development of the area from open fields where robberies and murders were committed to the spacious streets and splendid garden squares where ‘polished society’ could feel at home. In a […]

Green wall in Southampton Row

Have you noticed the new living wall above Pizza Express in Southampton Row just along from Russell Square or Bloomsbury Square ? What was a dull, even ugly, modern frontage has gained unusual interest (especially if you are on the other side of the road or upstairs on a bus). Maybe other sites in the area might […]

December mulled wine and daffodils in Tavistock Square

Friends of Tavistock Square offered their annual mulled wine and mince pies event in the square in the unseasonal temperature of 15 degrees.   Several weeks of such temperatures have brought out December daffodils in the grass both here and in Russell Square.         If you’ve spotted other unseasonal anomalies, let us […]

Open Garden Squares Weekend in the Bloomsbury Squares 13 and 14 June 2015

Over 200 gardens to explore in this magical two-day event including many in Bloomsbury which are not usually open to the public: e.g. Mecklenburgh Sq, Bedford Sq, Collingham Gardens,  Lutheran Centre, British Medical Association, October Gallery and White Hall hotel. Check the website for open days and times, and how to buy tickets http://www.opensquares.org/  

Rethinking parks – ‘Bloomsbury Squared’

The London Borough of Camden is embarking on a one year programme to explore new ways of managing and operating nine of the Bloomsbury Squares.  The Bloomsbury Squares play a fundamental role in defining the character and identity of this popular district of London. They are a valued and iconic collection of public spaces, and make […]

Historic gardens: research in action

The Bloomsbury Squares are a major grouping of historic gardens dating back to the late 17th century (the earliest is Bloomsbury Sq) with others developed in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Researching the history of a garden or landscape is an absorbing and exciting activity that draws together documentation, maps, paintings, horticulture and other […]