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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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  • This garden square is London's oldest square being created in 1665 by Lord Southhampton as the plazza to his mansion. It is surrounded by historic Georgian terraces with a lovely garden in the centre....  more »
  • This beckoned to me as I sallied forth towards the British Museum, enough so that I totally disregarded my initial route and instead spent some lovely moments soaking up the peace and beauty this squa...  more »
  • This is a nice little park, much smaller than the Russell Square Park that is only a couple of minutes away. There is not a lot of variety in planting or layout of the park.  more »
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  • Pleasant small square, well-maintained and surrounded by some attractive and interesting old buildings including the imperial and imposing Victoria House. Small enclosed toddlers' playground but no toilets here. Gertrude Stein* briefly lived at no:40. Now you know. Quote: * "Whenever you get there, there is no there there."
  • Children play area though limited neat. Relax without disturbing scenes.
  • A great place to sit on a warm day. Mainly visited when people attend the British Museum.
  • My children enjoyed playing on the playground here whilst we watched the world go by.
  • Nice park but there's bigger and nicer green spaces nearby

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