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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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  • August 16, 2017
    Very small park, it as well kept as other in Central London. Has some lovely Georgian Style buildings facing the park and the roads surrounding are very quiet. Very close to The British Museum.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This square have only limited traffic. The surrounding buildings are in the same classic style. The park in the middle is small.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    I walked through here this morning, I stopped a while to find out a little more about the imposing Victoria House and the square. It's all part of the Bedford estate. A nice little green sanctuary awa...  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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