Category Russell Square

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 […]

It never rains but it pours

The recent very heavy rain has created a lake with nowhere to drain away in Brunswick Square. Russell and Regent squares have similar problems. Several squares have had their drainage improved recently, but the sumps still aren’t coping with these exceptionally heavy and concentrated downfalls.

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. […]

Garden news

Friends of the Bloomsbury squares have been active in recent weeks, now restrictions have eased. Marchmont Community Garden, which has been closed to the public during the lockdown, has been hosting regular get-togethers of shielding older people who have been able to meet their friends for the first time in months, thanks to the foresight […]

No Open Garden Squares, instead a Victorian flower show

This weekend would have been the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend, when normally closed gardens open and the open gardens in Bloomsbury take on a festival air too.  Not this year, thanks to coronavirus Covid-19, not yet anyway.  However, here is a previous floral celebration  in Bloomsbury to enjoy as some small compensation. In 1863, […]

Feeding the birds in Russell Square

New bird feeding stations have been provided in Russell Square by the Commissioners together with an information board about the birds that might be seen. The stations will be filled by the UCL Conservation Society who count the birds on a regular basis, the feed will be supplied by the Commissioners.  The installation of the […]

Bloomsbury Gardens and coronavirus

In the new world of the coronavirus outbreak, Camden Council made an early decision to leave all their gardens open 24/7 to ease the burden on staff having to lock and unlock. In last week’s sunny weather, locals understandably headed for the gardens for exercise and fresh air. Family groups with children were playing in […]

Big Garden Bird Watch, Bloomsbury squares, 24 January

Join us on a bird walk around Gordon and Russell Squares. We will meet at noon at the main entrance to Gordon Square gardens (near the café) on Friday 24th January 2020, 12 noon. There will be a 5 minute briefing and then we will walk around Gordon Square, through Woburn Square, finishing in Russell […]

Storm damage in Russell Square

The unseasonal gales at the end of last week caused problems around the country and also brought down a large plane tree on the south side of Russell Square, catching a taxi in its branches. Fortunately the driver escaped unhurt. One resident said he was lucky to be away or his car would certainly have […]