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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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  • This is my favourite square in London with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the middle, lots of trees planted in the name of peace and benches in the honour of or given by peace minded persons. Moreover,...  more »
  • There are many places with small Green Park is called a square in London. Favorite the square is here to Tavistock Square. Calm down, less people near Russell Square. Can be kept green and I am laid back picnic and spend time.
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  • This is a very relaxing place to stop for a rest in the hustle & bustle of London. The consciousness objectors stone is here as well.  more »
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  • A public park with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the centre. A breathe of fresh air in the city and a good place to relax and be with nature. The flower beds have all apparently not been tended in view of the autumn but a number of special plaques explain the importance of some of the trees, planted by leaders. Few trees are majestic and old with their massive trunks.
  • This crescent was recently refurbished & is great for tennis, anyone can book a court, but isn't so great for strolling through as often the only gate that's open is the one in front, so no passing through. The refurbishment was a bit haphazard & it's never been properly cared for, but it's a green space and the flowers that survive are lovely when they bloom.
  • Pause for reflection in Tavistock Square Gardens, London: MAHATMA GANDHI Sculpted by Fredda Brilliant Metal plaque reads: “Tavistock Square Gardens. Placed here to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi by His Excellency the High Commissioner for India, Dr. L.M. Singhvi, and the Mayor of Camden, Cllr. Dr. S.N. Desmukh. 2nd October, 1996.” — This sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi has meditated stoically in Tavistock Square Gardens for over two decades, calmly and with bowed head. Gandhi has pride of place in the centre of these gardens, surrounded by a minimalist, circular flowerbed and an arrangement of wooden benches for the public to admire him. As you round the corner to stand face-on with the remarkable sculpture, you are surrounded by tall trees that focus a pillar of sunlight down upon the iconic figure. The sculpture was unveiled by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in May 1968. The memorial is a listed Grade II monument by English Heritage. ‘Mahatma’ roughly translates to ‘great soul’, and what I find beautiful about this sculpture is that the peaceful nature of Gandhi’s everlasting soul, teachings, and philosophy are wonderfully encapsulated in the posture and positioning of this statue. Few walk through these gardens and fail to gaze up at the man.
  • Lovely place to spend your break there, but full of pigeons.
  • Lovely morning - just passing some time in the park before the meeting starts. Beautiful island of peace and solitude amongst the hustle and bustle of city life

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