Category Red Lion Square

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 […]

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 […]

The Bloomsbury ‘garden gangs’

Otherwise known as the amazing volunteers who help to look after the gardens in the squares. They were out in force on the first weekend of February and would be delighted if you’d like to join them in future. The usual pattern of work is first Saturday in Brunswick and Red Lion Squares (except March […]

New season start for volunteer gardening

The new season starts in Brunswick Square and Red Lion Square on Saturday 5 February and continues on most first Saturdays of the month (see below). Just turn up and join in – bring your own gloves if you can, everything else (including advice!) is provided. Volunteers come as and when they can, not necessarily […]

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 […]

Volunteering Day, Red Lion gardens, 16 October

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS on SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER Friends of Red Lion Square Gardens (WC1R 4QH) welcome you from 11.00 –  13.00. Get fresh air and exercise doing some supervised gardening! Tools will be provided. Wear sensible clothing and footwear. Maximum 20 people each session, first come, first served. For more information:  FriendsRLSG@gmail.com Volunteers […]

Cafe culture returns to the Bloomsbury gardens

During lockdown 3, our cafes have been offering takeaway food and drink that we’ve been able to sit on a park bench to ‘enjoy’ as we shivered. Now the sun is out (and we’re still shivering), but soon the pleasures of sitting at a table in the gardens with a friend will be ours again. […]

The Red Lion Roars!

Here’s a rare opportunity to purchase a lovely picture of Red Lion Square Gardens in the Spring. The original watercolour was painted by Nick Andrew in the square, with jottings about what was happening on that day in April to one side. It is part of a series he made for a book, Bloomsbury Squares […]

Rethinking parks – ‘Bloomsbury Squared’

The London Borough of Camden is embarking on a one year programme to explore new ways of managing and operating nine of the Bloomsbury Squares.  The Bloomsbury Squares play a fundamental role in defining the character and identity of this popular district of London. They are a valued and iconic collection of public spaces, and make […]