Bedford Square, Bloomsbury

London , England , United Kingdom

About Bedford Square, Bloomsbury

In the heart of Bloomsbury, Bedford Square is the finest and best-preserved example of Georgian architecture in London. It was named for the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford who owned much of the land around Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia and was laid out, most likely, by architect Thomas Leverton and constructed by famous London builders William Scott and Robert Grews.

Leverton was lauded (and much copied) for his ‘palace front’ designs that made the rows of terraced townhouses on each side resemble a single country mansion and they all have distinctive Coade-stone entrances.

The central garden was the first in London with imposed architectural uniformity and it set the style for the design and layout of many of London’s garden squares throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

The gardens are private but are opened annually to the public as part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend so please check before you visit. Most of the houses in Bedford Square are now offices with virtually all holding Grade I listed status and notable previous residents include Lord Chancellor Lord Eldon; Henry Cavendish, the scientist responsible for the discovery of hydrogen and former Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith.

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