Category Bedford Square

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 […]

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 […]

First signs of spring

Spring is starting in the Bloomsbury Squares – blossom spotted in Bedford Square and Russell Square, together with a lone early daffodil and the promise of many more to come. Volunteers planted thousands of bulbs last autumn. This weekend is RSPB Big Bird Watch. See what you can spot.

Light and Shade in the Bloomsbury Gardens: View festival drawings of the squares online

The artist Nick Andrew had a busy (and exhausting!) 9 days from 16 – 24 October, drawing, demonstrating and meeting visitors in and around the Bloomsbury garden squares for the Bloomsbury Festival, with the theme of ‘Shining Light’. (See the ‘Bedford Square’ drawing below.) We’re planning an exhibition of the drawings in Bloomsbury shortly (details […]

Wild Bloomsbury?

Your friendly neighbourhood fox was spotted (at a distance) in Bedford Square Gardens the other day. It appeared to be basking in the rare sunshine and was surprisingly disinterested in the crow in the foreground. The new path in Marchmont Community Garden was covered with fox prints the other day too. Keep a look out, […]

Fringe event in St George’s Gardens for Open Garden Squares Weekend 8-9 June in the Bloomsbury Squares

It’s that time of year again, when visitors from all over Britain and the world come to enjoy Open Garden Squares Weekend in the Bloomsbury Squares. All the squares are open to be enjoyed. Bedford Square and Mecklenburg Square, usually closed to the public, are specially open (see OGSW website for times) and this year […]

Store Street Spring Market, 29-31 March

The inaugural Store Street Spring Market will take place from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March 2019. Supported by The Bedford Estates, the market will feature a vibrant, colourful selection of international street cuisine, artisan grocery foods and ethically traded handmade arts and crafts Visitors will have the opportunity to discover an array of unusual […]

Open Garden Squares Weekend in the Bloomsbury Squares 17 & 18 June 2017

Over 200 gardens in London are taking part this year.  In Bloomsbury many of the squares and hidden gardens will be open or have special activities. See the Open Garden Squares website to find details of which gardens are open on which days over the weekend and what’s on in each. There is a free […]

Bedford Square Festival 28 June to 1 July

The very first Bedford Square Festival is taking place later this month. The Festival is a collaboration between five of the cultural institutions that reside on Bedford Square, Bloomsbury: Paul Mellon Centre, Architectural Association, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Yale University Press and New College of Humanities. Bedford Square Festival will open the doors of the […]

Spring planting in Bedford Square -and something for the window box

Bedford Estates Head Gardener  Tom Abbott gives news of  spring work in Bedford Square and some recommendations for your city window boxes. With the warmer weather and therefore increased soil temperatures comes the opportunity to undertake the long awaited over-seeding of the main lawn at Bedford Square. Martin Towsey, overall Gardens Manager for the Bedford […]