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Words of the Wood, St George’s Gardens

Friends of St George’s Gardens report that their fringe event during Open Garden Squares Weekend on 8-9 June 8-9 was very successful. The weather was good. Friends member Annette Freeman put her word clues on the trees early on Saturday morning and she and a rota of Friends welcomed visitors with the Words of the […]

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 […]

Open Iftar in Tavistock Square

  A free meal open to everyone is being held in a marquee in Tavistock Square every evening after sunset during the first part of Ramadan this year, at the invitation of Open Iftar. Open Iftar is the flagship initiative of Ramadan Tent Project, a community institution developing the knowledge, understanding and experience of Ramadan […]

Russell Square Festival cancelled

Local Friends groups have breathed a sigh of relief that, thanks to considerable local protest, the Evening Standard has decided not to go ahead with a festival that would have effectively closed the square for more than two weeks in the summer month of June and caused the need for reinstatement of grass etc lasting […]

February – a month of two halves

The UK has experienced its warmest winter day on record according to the Met Office, with the temperature at Kew reaching 21.2C (70.2F), breaking the record for February set only on Monday (over 20C) and the previous record of 19.7C in Greenwich in 1998. It certainly brought the crowds out into the gardens as though […]

TV stardom for Bloomsbury Squares

One of the smaller Bloomsbury squares had a starring role in the last episode of the recent BBC drama Bodyguard –Woburn Square. Spoiler alert: a man in a suicide vest was being negotiated with by armed police as he stood in the middle of the square – which isn’t square at all but long and […]

Urban Tree Festival in the Bloomsbury Squares 18-20 May

As a successor to the London Tree Week, the first Urban Tree Festival is taking place 18-May with many different events – see their website for details. The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens is supporting this initiative. Three walks to showcase the wonderful trees of the Bloomsbury squares are available on Friday, Saturday and […]

Autumn in Tavistock Square

Thanks to Margaret Brett for this lovely photo of trees and shrubs in their autumn colour taken from Tavistock Court.

New Bloomsbury Trust planned to look after local squares and gardens

A new voluntary trust has been proposed to look after the squares and gardens in the Bloomsbury area. It would cover not just those maintained by the Council, but by other landowners as well, including the University. This would take in Gordon Square and Torrington Square, for example, as well Russell Square, Bloomsbury Square and […]

Bloomsbury -London’s ‘quartier des carrés’

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, author of The London Square: gardens in the midst of town, will be talking  about the history and development of these special Bloomsbury squares,one of which is the oldest to bear the name of ‘square’ at UCL School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Sq, on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 19:30 to 21:00. Todd is the president […]