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Tavistock Square, London

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Tavistock Square is a public square in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden.HistoryTavistock Square was built in the 1820s by the property developer James Burton and the master builder Thomas Cubitt for Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford, and formed part of the Bedford Estate in London, owned by the Dukes of Bedford. The square is now owned and administered by the London Borough of Camden. The square takes its name from Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock, whose title dates to 1694 when his ancestor was Lord Lieutenant of Tavistock, a market town in Devon, also part of a Bedford estate. Marquess of Tavistock is a courtesy title given to the eldest sons of the Dukes of Bedford.In 1920 the Tavistock Clinic was founded in the square, a pioneering psychiatric clinic whose patients included shell-shock victims of the First World War. In 1946 the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations separated from the Tavistock Clinic. The Tavistock Clinic has since moved to Hampstead and the Tavistock Institute to Islington.
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  • Created in the early 19th century as part of the development of the Bedford estate, it is one of the smaller squares that run through the estate and, in part perhaps because it was the site of terrori...  more »
  • Located opposite the offices of the British Medical Association this is a lovely little park land and a good spot to stop off and do a little people watching. This was also adjacent to the site of one...  more »
  • I had the pleasure and privilege to visit Tavistovk square gardens many times whilst I came to visit my daughter who stayed st Connaught Hall. As i am very fond of walking I enjoyed the peace,calmness...  more »
  • Peaceful park to sit and enjoy a cuppa. Lots of cafes around as well, just watch out for the squirrels, they will try and nab your lunch!
  • Beautiful, with cherry blossoms falling softly in the breeze. Lovely quiet place for reflection.
  • A lovely park to sit back and relax, watch the squirrels and enjoy a coffee from the Starbucks across the road. The central statue of Gandhi is a perfect centrepiece and is often surrounded by flowers.
  • Love these gardens. It's a lovely little park. It closes when it gets dark which in winter is earlier so that's abit annoying but it's a great park especially in the summer. I would definitely recommend it!
  • A lovely square to chill or having lunch.
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