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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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In 2024, Bedford College, also known as Ladies College, celebrates its 175th anniversary. Located in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, it was the first higher education college for women in the UK. 

The college was founded in 1849 by Elizabeth Jesser Reid (née Sturch), a social reformer and anti-slavery activist who used her late husband's income to support various philanthropic causes. Mrs. Reid and her well-educated friends, including Jane Martineau, Florence Nightingale, Eliza Bostock, and Anna Swanwick, believed in the necessity of improving education for women. Papers held within the Bedford College archive reveal her connections with these prominent women of the time. 

A house at 47 Bedford Square was leased, and the Ladies College was opened. Their goal was to provide a liberal, non-sectarian education for women, something that was not available anywhere else in the UK at the time. In their first term, they had 68 pupils who studied subjects including the sciences, maths, and Greek. 

Bedford Square, located in the heart of Bloomsbury, has a rich history of promoting education and intellectual pursuits. It was a place where minds thrived, and ideas flourished. Bedford Square gained renown as a hub for learning and academic excellence, playing a significant role in the advancement of women's education in the UK. 

Over time, Bloomsbury became synonymous with the study of life sciences. The streets were lined with institutions dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in biology, medicine, and various aspects of the natural world. 

Students and researchers from around the globe gathered in Bloomsbury to engage with its vibrant academic community. The spirit of curiosity and discovery was palpable, inspiring generations of scientists and scholars to expand the boundaries of knowledge about the natural world. Bloomsbury evolved into a centre of innovation and ground-breaking research, where new ideas took hold and flourished. 

The legacy of Bedford Square and Bloomsbury endures, continuing to inspire and shape the future of education and the study of life sciences.
Join us in supporting our long-time community partner, @coramsfields_charity , as they embark on an exciting new project to replace their iconic play tower after 20 years of bringing joy to children across our community.🌟

We wanted to celebrate the joy of play together! Revisit your best days of play and share it with us by adding a picture of yourself as a child, along with a quote about your favourite memories of play. If you’re feeling a bit camera-shy, simply share your favourite memory with us in the comments.

@coramsfields_charity #towerofdreams.
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. ✨

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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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