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Red Lion Sq garden volunteers – new date 10 December

December does not deter Red Lion Sq garden volunteers. They will be out in force on Saturday 10th December,  11.00 – 13.00 (postponed from their usual date of first Saturday in the month).  They will be planting the bulbs donated by Taylors Bulbs via the Metropolitan and Public Gardens Association and are always happy to […]

St George’s Gardens tour of the old graves

Next Saturday, 19 November, Dr Roger Bowdler will lead a lecture walk around the graves, starting at the Chapel of Rest at 12 noon. Don’t miss it. Friends of St George’s Gardens invite you to come along and join the walk. Roger knows more than anyone about the graves in St George’s Gardens. He worked […]

New bust of Humphry Repton

A new bust of Humphry Repton was unveiled in October – not in the famous London Square he created, Bloomsbury’s own Russell Square, but on the corner of Humphry Repton Lane and Elvin Gardens, just moments away from world-famous Olympic Way in Wembley. The bust was created by professional sculptor Hannah Northam. It was donated by […]

News from Russell Square

The Friends of Russell Square have started to produce a newsletter, copies of which can usually be found in the cafe in the gardens, or can be viewed here

Breathe: Bloomsbury Festival 2022 walks and events

 Bloomsbury Festival 2022 features a whole host of events, including a number of fascinating walks and talks which covering a diverse range of topics. Take a look below at some of the highlights.   See Full Festival Programme Here Friends of St George’s Gardens are presenting a free event in their fascinating series on former occupants […]

Bloomsbury’s Links to Slavery: St George’s Gardens in the Bloomsbury Festival

A presentation exploring how the lives of some of the people buried in St George’s Gardens were closely linked to slavery, which brought wealth and privilege to Bloomsbury. On Saturday 22 October at 3pm, Friends of St George’s Gardens will be looking at the lives of some of the people buried in the Gardens who owned […]

Songhaven Summer concert in St George’s gardens, 16 July

Songhaven’s free summer concert is on Saturday 16 July, 3-4pm – songs from stage and screen performed by professional classically-trained artists. The Friends are sponsoring this concert so please come along and enjoy the music and the good weather too. Last year’s Songhaven concerts were a great success and this year’s will be just as […]

Wellbeing walks from the Bloomsbury Squares -summer/autumn programme

Day Date Time Meet at Walk to See Mon 18.07.22 1100 Red Lion Square Russell Square Meet the Pope of Russell Square and his Cats Tue 26.07.22 1100 Marchmont Community Gdn Argyle Square gardens From dust heaps to gardens Wed 03.08.22 1100 Mecklenburgh Square Woburn Walk To the shops with a Georgian Queen and other […]

The Garden of Privatised Delights

A small free exhibition in the Building Centre in Store St, Bloomsbury, might be worth a look if you are passing by; one section considers exclusive garden squares, suggesting that railings should be torn down and public use of many kinds encouraged. Of course, nearly all the Bloomsbury garden squares are already open to the […]

Outdoor chess in Russell Square

Bloomsbury boasts the first square in Britain to have purpose-built outdoor chess tables rivalling those of the world famous Washington Square Park in New York. The beautiful handmade granite chess tables are the result of an initiative by the Square’s Commissioners. The tables are free for all to use and chess sets are available to […]