Bedford Square Gardens

Bedford Square

Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, is one of the best-preserved squares in London, designed as a whole and surrounded by its original Georgian terrace houses, it was originally laid out between 1775 and 1780. At its heart lies its private garden, a spacious 1.8 acre (0.7ha), leafy haven in the midst of town.

Famous residents living within the period buildings overlooking the square have included: Thomas Leverton, the architect of the square; the second Duke of Devonshire; the architect William Butterfield; Prime Minister H H Asquith and Lord Eldon, the Lord Chancellor (whose daughter eloped with the son of Humphry Repton, designer of the neighbouring Bloomsbury and Russell Squares).

Although not normally open to the public, it can be visited each June as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend.

The Bedford Estates’ dedicated gardening team manage Bedford Square directly, carefully cherishing its historic lawns and shrubberies. Recently established features include a Victorian inspired stumpery and a Japanese border.

Bedford Square is available to hire for private functions and corporate events throughout the year. It regularly provides a stage for shows at London Fashion Week and hosts a varied programme of events, including graduation ceremonies, press launches, company celebrations, as well as more personal gatherings.

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North side of Bedford Square