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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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At The Bedford Estates, we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint and fostering a greener future. 🌱

We ensure that our properties are sustainably refurbished, using UK-based/sustainable products wherever possible, and meticulously tracking Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in every project to measure our impact on the carbon footprint.

Plus, we maintain an inventory of materials and furniture for reuse, donation, or recycling. Together, we are building a more sustainable tomorrow.

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Delve into the storied past of Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

Opened in 1900 as part of the pioneering Central London Railway, it stood as a vital artery connecting the vibrant West End to the bustling City of London. Originally known simply as Tottenham Court Road, the station played a pivotal role in shaping London's underground transport network.

Throughout its journey, Tottenham Court Road Tube Station has witnessed evolution and transformation. In the 1920s, extensive renovations and reconstruction took place, ushering in new platforms and a spacious ticket hall to accommodate the burgeoning passenger traffic. Subsequent upgrades in the 1980s and 1990s further modernised the station, enhancing accessibility with new escalators and lifts.

Today, Tottenham Court Road Tube Station stands as a bustling junction, served by both the Central and Northern lines, making it a cornerstone of the West End's transport infrastructure. Positioned within easy reach of iconic landmarks and attractions, it continues to be a bustling hub, seamlessly weaving the threads of past and present. 

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At @thebedfordestates, sustainability lies at the core of our custodianship of Bloomsbury. 

It embodies our duty to uphold structures with centuries of legacy, ensuring their endurance for generations to come. 

Our dedication extends beyond property management, as we strive to minimise our carbon footprint, while actively fostering biodiversity within our green spaces and garden squares, enriching the lives of our neighbourhood. 

Moreover, we are committed to nurturing a sustainable community, fostering an environment where businesses thrive and residents find lasting roots in Bloomsbury. 

Join us as we unveil further insights into our sustainable endeavours in the months ahead.

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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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