Welcome from The Duke of Bedford

The Bedford Estates’ land holdings in Bloomsbury have been owned by the Russell Family since 1669. From being agricultural fields at that time, successive Dukes of Bedford have played their part in creating the Bloomsbury we see today. Much of the area was developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; the splendid and elegant Georgian buildings and garden squares which are so characteristic of Bloomsbury, are the enduring legacy of my ancestors.  We are committed to preserving and enhancing this precious heritage for present and future generations of residents, workers and visitors to enjoy. 

Stewardship

As a long-term landowner, we care deeply about Bloomsbury and are dedicated to protecting the heritage of this historic London quarter. 

While preserving the past is important to us, so is the future. Our modern approach to stewardship aims to bring a sense of vibrancy to the community, while making a positive contribution towards a sustainable environment.

 

 

 

Conservation

In today’s fast-paced world, protecting an area’s historical value becomes even more important.

We work hard to preserve Bloomsbury’s special qualities, so they can be shared with future generations. 

When it comes to the heritage buildings in our care, our conservation work involves the restoration of original features.

We combine this with contemporary design so our properties remain attractive, contemporary, comfortable places to live and work in.

 

 

Sustainability

Our 21st century ambition is to help this beautiful area meet the challenges of an environment under pressure, both now and in the future. This long-term approach means we are always considering the impact of our actions on future generations.  

From ensuring historical buildings are as efficient as possible to introducing the latest sustainable technology, we constantly strive to reduce our energy consumption. 

We also play an active role in the protection and development of Bloomsbury's biodiversity and keep two hives in our Montague Street Gardens where our bees produce delicious award winning honey. 

 

Community

It is not just the elegant Georgian buildings, pretty garden squares and world-class cultural institutions that make Bloomsbury so magical, it is also the people that call Bloomsbury their home.  

A strong community spirit combined with a packed calendar of social events gives Bloomsbury a village-like feel that is unique in central London. And it is something we are keen to protect.  

From supporting the Bloomsbury and Bedford Square Festivals to working with local volunteer groups and charities, we are always seeking new ways to bring people together.

Playground For Non Humans by @aaschool as part of @londonfestivalofarchitecture Bedford Square 11th to 18th June (closed 13th June).
#LFA21 #Bloomsbury #bedfordsquare 📷 @hollyfarrierphotography
There are few artists in the World as universally loved as Sir Quentin Blake. To say his name is to conjure instant recognition of his distinctive style and to recall a moment from your own childhood. If an image can say a 1000 words, then a drawing by Blake can tell an entire story!

Thanks to an incredible gift from Blake, The Foundling Museum is displaying 24 large-scale drawings for you to enjoy.

The works form two emotive series, Children and Dogs, and Children, Birds & Dogs, the latter made especially for the museum, which convey the internal emotional landscape of childhood.

Details via @foundlingmuseum 

#museumweek #ChildrensEyesMW #bloomsbury
Discover the murder that shook the Middle Ages in this dramatic exhibition about the life, death and legacy of Thomas Becket. Open now at British Museum booking via @britishmuseum 
 
#museumweek #bloomsbury #britishmuseum
Cocktails In The City ‘The London Summer Series’

Back for a series of summer parties – with three weekends, three themes, live entertainment, London’s top bars and more cocktails than ever before!

Join the cocktail festival in Bedford Square Gardens, running over three weekends throughout the summer, alongside the capital’s finest bars and drinking experiences, to celebrate the exciting return of hospitality.

Details via @cocktailsinthec 

Supported by The Bedford Estates
@caffetropea has been serving Bloomsbury for over 40 years. Based in the stunning surrounds of Russell Square this family run business represents all that is wonderful and welcoming about our community #bloomsbury #familybusiness #independent #coffee #food #russellsquare
@orchidya_official #flowers #storestreet #bloomsbury
@britishmuseum #bloomsbury #museums #culture #reopening
Today, Monday 10th May, marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’.

Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways. 

After a year of lockdowns and restricted movement, Londoners prize open spaces and the restorative power of trees, plants and fresh air.

The health and well-being of all who live, work and study here in Bloomsbury is a priority for The Bedford Estates, never more so in the post-pandemic world.

Bloomsbury offers extensive green spaces that provide a calm, relaxing place just a short distance from the noise and bustle of neighbouring areas.

Combining quiet, tree-lined streets and wonderful garden squares with a commitment from The Bedford Estates to sustainability and bio-diversity, it is an area where everyone can feel at home – a village in the centre of London. 

#community #health #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalhealthawareness #connectwithnature
The rain is a very welcome refresh for our gardens and pollinators #bloomsbury #londongardens #biodiversity
Bedford Square #bloomsbury #georgianarchitecture #georgianrenovation
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