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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 […]

Tree fall in Red Lion Square

An Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) in full leaf, appears to have been caught by a south westerly gust of wind last week and fell, missing the Fenner Brockway statue by about 10 feet. A number of people witnessed the fall, with reports of a groaning then a great crack! Apart from a smashed bench and […]

Marama Cafe Band, Sunday 26 June, 2-5 pm, St George’s Gardens

Friends of St George’s Gardens invite you to make a note in your diary for their next event in the Gardens – the Marama Cafe Band, playing from 2 – 5.00 p.m. on Sunday 26 June.  A free event and all are welcome – just turn up, bring a picnic and enjoy the chilled out […]

Blue Plaque for Fanny Wilkinson

English Heritage has awarded a Blue Plaque to Fanny Wilkinson, the first woman professional Landscape Gardener in England and the person who laid out Red Lion Square as a public garden in 1885. Fanny worked at the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association for approximately 20 years from 1884 to 1904. During this time, she designed more […]

Open Squares Weekend 11 & 12 June

It’s time for Open Garden Squares again, after two years of Covid disruption. Most of the Bloomsbury Squares are open to the public, but there’s a rare chance to visit the closed gardens of Bedford Square, Montague St Gardens and Mecklenburgh Square. Nick Andrew, an artist of the outdoors, will have an exhibition in Bedford […]

Alfred Place, Bloomsbury’s newest green space

The street between Store St and Chenies St, once little more than a carpark, has been transformed into Bloomsbury’s newest green space, just off Tottenham Court Rd. Although recently planted and still to fully flourish, it provides a welcome green corridor among office blocks and a new, fairly quiet space to sit for a while.

Chelsea Fringe: Sketching in the Bloomsbury Squares

The Chelsea Fringe festival is 11 years old, now worldwide, and will have events in Bloomsbury this year! Community gardeners, artists, activists and anyone with an interest in gardens, plants and outdoor space have a chance to get involved and do something fun and positive. Nick Andrew, an artist of the outdoors, will be sketching in […]