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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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  • We ran into this Square/Garden on the way from the metro at the British Museum. Another beautiful example of English garden
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  • Nice square next to the British Museum surrounded by beautiful buildings is well taken care of. Valley meet.
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  • Bloomsbury Square is a smallish square 2 mins from the British Museum. . Bounded by beautiful buildings it is a true oasis in the midst of the busy city. There are ample benches, grass to sit on and a...  read more »
  • Very convenient green square. Perfect for quick lunch.
  • Nice spot in the hustle and bustle of Bloomsbury for a reflective lunch in the sun during spring / summer. Lots of places that do takeaway food nearby - check out the plaque in the middle of the square for more on this historic square
  • Nice spacious little park right near British Museum to maybe come and take a break from all the touristy stuff.
  • I like Bloomsbury Square Gardens in the colder months as it is surrounded by such great architecture and is far less busy than the Spring/Summer when it can get very busy. What do you expect with the British Museum next door! It is a lovely green space and my favourite is the statue of Charles James Fox, the 18th Century politician renowned for his stance and campaigning against slavery, and he led a very colourful life.
  • Pleasant garden in the Holborn area. Convenient for a picnic lunch during the summer if visiting the British Museum.
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