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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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The London Open Gardens event is a cherished tradition, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It provides a rare opportunity to explore over one hundred of London’s hidden green spaces, many of which are not typically accessible to the public.

These gardens range from historical squares like Bedford Square Gardens to the tranquil Montague Street Gardens.

In a delightful collaboration with @montague_hotel, visitors can enhance their experience with an Afternoon Tea Takeaway, perfect for a picnic amidst the serene backdrop of these exclusive gardens.

Tickets for this unique event are available via @londongardenstrust ensuring participants can immerse themselves in the beauty and tranquillity of these urban oases.

For access to the gardens, guests will need to purchase a ticket for the London Open Gardens separately and can do so via @londongardenstrust

To pre-order your afternoon tea, please go to link in bio at @montague_hotel
Did you know Bloomsbury is often known as London’s hub for literature, spanning both past and present?

With roots tracing back to the 19th century, Bloomsbury has long been synonymous with literary and intellectual activity. It was here that renowned writers and thinkers, such as Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, and George Bernard Shaw, gathered to exchange ideas and fuel their creativity.

It’s been a haven for writers and intellectuals, fostering creativity since the 19th century. Today, Bloomsbury remains at
the forefront of literary activity, hosting events, book launches, author talks and most prominently the Women’s Prize of Non-Fiction award which takes place in Bedford Square every year in the summer.

Come and explore the magic of Bloomsbury, where every word tells a story. ✨

#LondonLiterature #BloomsburyLiterature
Join us in celebrating @storestreetespresso a pioneer in London’s specialty coffee scene! Established in 2010 by Roger and Jack, Store Street Espresso was among the first to embrace the wave of specialty coffee, setting the standard for excellence in every cup.

Passionate about serving the finest coffee, Store Street Espresso prides itself on featuring a premium selection of guest coffee, brewed to perfection. As one of the first to introduce guest roasters, they continue to honour this tradition, ensuring a diverse and exciting coffee experience for all.

Sourcing their beans from the esteemed Square Mile Coffee Roasters, Store Street Espresso offers an exceptional range of house-made cakes and lunch items to complement your coffee journey.

Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or simply seeking a delightful caffeine fix, why not try visiting Store Street Espresso today and indulge in a truly wonderful coffee experience? ☕✨
Situated opposite Russell Square on Bernard Street, Bloomsbury, Russell Square Station is a prominent fixture in the heart of the London Borough of Camden. 

Designed by the renowned London architect Leslie Green, the station stands as a striking example of the Modern Style, also known as the British Art Nouveau style. Opened on 15th December 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly, and Brompton Railway, it has been an integral part of London’s transport network for over a century. 

Beyond its architectural significance, Russell Square Station resides in close proximity to several iconic landmarks, including the British Museum, the University of London’s main campus, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Russell Square Gardens, and the Brunswick Centre.

The station buildings were granted Grade II listed status by English Heritage in 2011, showcasing its enduring charm and historical significance. 

Today, Russell Square Station continues to serve commuters and visitors alike with its Grade II listed status, rich history and architectural splendour.

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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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