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Welcome to Bloomsbury.

Our village in the heart of the city

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Cared For By Us Since 1669

The Bedford Estates has owned, developed and cared for much of Bloomsbury since 1669. As such, we are deeply committed to the area and its heritage.

The Estate comprises some 200 properties containing over 825,000 square feet of office and educational accommodation, some 100,000 square feet of retail space, over 1,000 hotel bedrooms and more than 550 flats.

It also includes two public garden squares, Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square and several private garden areas. These include Bedford Square, the only intact Georgian garden square in London. 

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Working In Bloomsbury

With its elegant period buildings and attractive public spaces, independent shops and sought after restaurants, it’s easy to see why so many businesses make Bloomsbury their home.

The Bedford Estates offers offices as well as retail and educational properties in this highly sought-after area.

With current occupiers including Bloomsbury Publishing, the Architectural Association and Olivia von Halle and the British Museum as your neighbour, you’ll be in good company.

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Living In Bloomsbury

The Bedford Estates offers exceptional residential properties within the Bloomsbury area. We take considerable care maintaining the original architecture and features that make our properties so sought after, whilst offering elegant decor with modern fixtures and fittings. 

Our portfolio of flats to rent include a range of apartments in elegant period conversions and traditional mansion blocks.

Many of our flats have garden views and access to private gardens may be available by separate arrangement. We have a small number of superb duplex apartments with their own private gardens.

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Garden Squares

Take a stroll through Bloomsbury and you’ll never be far from a glorious Georgian garden square. There are ten garden squares in all, each nestled among the elegant period properties that line Bloomsbury's leafy streets. Some, like Russell Square, are open to the public, while others, such as Bedford Square, are private spaces.

The Bedford Estates are proud to be custodians of some of these historic green spaces. Our dedicated team of gardeners tend these havens of nature, conserving their heritage and ensuring they give pleasure to visitors throughout the year.

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#didyouknow that the London Building Act of 1774, a pivotal piece of legislation, laid the groundwork for the structured elegance that defines Bedford Square?

Back in 1774, this ground-breaking legislation set the stage for a meticulously organised urban landscape. It introduced standardised “rates” for new buildings, establishing a precise framework for construction. The rates, intricately linked to property size and dictated everything from wall thickness to structural nuances, fostering a sense of orderliness and uniformity in the evolving cityscape.

By ranking houses according to economic standards, this legislation gave rise to a tangible expression of social structure. Every dwelling, a piece in the grand puzzle, positioned itself on a scale that not only linked but distinguished the lower, middle, and upper classes.

Only the wealthiest in society occupied “First Rate” houses, of the kind that made up Bedford Square, which was considered to be particularly opulent during this time.

This idea of social justice based on stratification was economically expressed into a lasting physical form to create the built environments we know to exist today.

Thank you to @paulmelloncentr for providing the research, and tap the link in bio to learn more about how you can become a part of this historical community.

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We are proud to share the success story of @groundwork_uk Green Team trainees, who have been working with our own Gardeners across our gardens and green spaces. 

This year, 10 trainees joined the Green Team, and they have learned valuable skills in horticulture, landscaping and environmental management. They have also gained confidence, resilience and teamwork abilities.

Out of the 10 trainees, four have already completed the program and moved on to exciting opportunities. Three of them have found jobs in the horticultural industry, where they can apply their green skills and make a positive impact. One of them has joined the civil service.

The remaining six trainees are still on their placement, and we are looking forward to seeing their progress and achievements. We are grateful for their dedication and enthusiasm, and we hope they will continue to grow and thrive in their careers.

The Green Team is a wonderful example of how Groundwork helps people overcome barriers and realise their potential. 

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It's finally Christmas season! 🎄

Last month, we celebrated National Author’s Week, spotlighting the amazing London Review Bookshop before delving into the history of the intriguing Cabmen’s shelters.

We also explored the new book published by the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens, paying homage to the brilliant array of green spaces available in Bloomsbuy, while also exploring the history of Georgian Architecture.

Stay tuned for more beautiful moments this month!

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