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Bloomsbury Square, London

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Bloomsbury Square is a garden square in Bloomsbury, Camden, London.GeographyTo the north of the square is Great Russell Street and Bedford Place, leading to Russell Square. To the south is Bloomsbury Way. To the west is the British Museum and Holborn tube station is the nearest underground station to the southeast. There are gardens in the centre of the square.HistoryThe square was developed by 4th Earl of Southampton in the late 17th century and was initially known as Southampton Square. It was one of the earliest London squares. The Earl's own house, then known as Southampton House and later as Bedford House after the square and the rest of the Bloomsbury Estate passed by marriage from the Earls of Southampton to the Dukes of Bedford, occupied the whole of the north side of the square, where Bedford Place is now located. The other sides were lined with typical terraced houses of the time, which were initially occupied by members of the aristocracy and gentry.On April 9, 1694, Bloomsbury Square was the setting for an infamous duel. The then 23-year-old Scottish economist and financier John Law fought Edward 'Beau' Wilson, killing him with a single pass and thrust of his sword. Law would be convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but would escape his condemned cell and go on to become the founder of the Mississippi Company and the de facto prime minister of France.
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  • Passed through here heading to Holborn. Another of the many lovely gardens in and around Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia. Quite a small area but in a way the fascination is in the buildings surrounding it. A...  more »
  • This is just another of the small green spaces dotted around London. The day we visited was a cold damp day, but when the weather shines it will be perfect for a quick sandwich, long picnic or just an...  more »
  • This is a very peaceful garden with nice building by the sides. Take a walk from the British Museum to this direction. Lovely!  more »
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  • Pleasant enough small square surrounded by some attractive old buildings including the imperial and imposing Victoria House. Small enclosed toddlers' playground but no toilets. Gertrude Stein* briefly lived at no.40 Quote: *"Whenever you get there, there is no there there."
  • Nice little urban park with a small kiddie playground area and lots of bench seating
  • Close to central London near British Museum its a good place to relax. It gets crowded during lunch hours.
  • Lovely space to sit and have lunch on a sunny afternoon
  • Great place to see, to chill, to enjoy with friends and family. Take a load off and get drawn in to a place of peace and solace in the middle of the metropolitan hub. Loved every minute.