Tavistock Square

Tavistock Square

Tavistock Square was developed in the 1820s by Thomas Cubitt at the behest of the 6th Duke of Bedford. The name derives from the courtesy title, Marquess of Tavistock, which is given to the eldest son of the Duke of Bedford.

Tavistock Square is home to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and a bust of Bloomsbury author and former resident, Virginia Woolf. In 1967, a cherry tree was planted in memory of the victims of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and its colourful blossoms continue to burst forth each Spring.

In 2005, it was the site of one of four suicide bombs, which exploded on a number 30 bus outside the British Medical Association on the east side of the square. A memorial garden to the 7 July bombings is to be laid out in part of Tavistock Square Garden and the BMA has commissioned a commemorative sundial.

The garden is managed by The London Borough of Camden and is available to the public during daylight hours.

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Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sculpted by Fredda Brilliant