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9–10 June 2018

9–10 June 2018

Brunswick Square

Brunswick Square
(Photo: Ricci de Freitas)
Visitor Information
Open

Saturday 11:00–16:00

Activities


Free entry for OGSW ticket holders to the Foundling Museum, which tells the story of Britain's first home for abandoned children and London's first-ever public art gallery.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity will be present with Peter Pan-themed gifts.

Self-guided walks around the Bloomsbury squares can be downloaded via the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens. Check their website for guided walks.

Saturday 9 June

11am: Garden Squares of Bloomsbury walk beginning on the front steps of The Goodenough Club, 23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AD. We will go into that square (usually closed) and the walk will end at Bedford Square (about 1 hour). No need to book, just come along on the day.

Entrance

Turn right on exiting the station.
Nearest postcode: WC1N 1AZ

Buses

17,45, 46, 59, 68, 91, 98, 168, 188

Station

Russell Square

Cycle hire station

Brunswick Square (Map)

Public toilets

Holborn Library (Map)
Saturday 10:00-17:00

Dogs

Dogs on leads

The Garden

The gardens were laid out in 1799; the largest of the London plane trees, acknowledged as one of the Great Trees of London, was probably planted at that time. The current layout follows the original simple design, thought to be by John Burton, the developer. There is a small bed of medicinal plants, near the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Literary associations are strong, from Jane Austen’s Emma to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. The noticeboards record many famous residents, including the Bloomsbury set. Sadly, the original houses surrounding the square have been replaced by public buildings, including the absorbing Foundling Museum. 

Visitor Information
Open

Saturday 11:00–16:00

Activities


Free entry for OGSW ticket holders to the Foundling Museum, which tells the story of Britain's first home for abandoned children and London's first-ever public art gallery.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity will be present with Peter Pan-themed gifts.

Self-guided walks around the Bloomsbury squares can be downloaded via the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens. Check their website for guided walks.

Saturday 9 June

11am: Garden Squares of Bloomsbury walk beginning on the front steps of The Goodenough Club, 23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AD. We will go into that square (usually closed) and the walk will end at Bedford Square (about 1 hour). No need to book, just come along on the day.

Entrance

Turn right on exiting the station.
Nearest postcode: WC1N 1AZ

Buses

17,45, 46, 59, 68, 91, 98, 168, 188

Station

Russell Square

Cycle hire station

Brunswick Square (Map)

Public toilets

Holborn Library (Map)
Saturday 10:00-17:00

Dogs

Dogs on leads

Nearby gardens with similar opening times
Collingham Gardens Nursery WC1N 1PH
0.1 km / 0.1 miles
Saturday: 10:00–16:30
Sunday: 10:30–16:30
Hidden, semi-wild garden of a pre-school nursery run by local parents. Described by visitors as a magical oasis in London. Historically the first graveyard in the UK set outside church land. Exhibition of site history plus. delicious refreshments

St George's Gardens WC1N 2NU
0.2 km / 0.1 miles
Saturday: 08:00–21:00
Sunday: 08:00–21:00
Garden which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2014. Formerly two burial grounds, with imposing ivy-clad tombs and gravestones, restored in 2001. New sensory garden. Information leaflets and a representative of the Friends available 10:00-17:00

Calthorpe Community Garden WC1X 8LH
0.4 km / 0.2 miles
Saturday: 12:00–18:00
Sunday: 12:00–18:00
A green oasis in the heart of King's Cross.

October Gallery WC1N 3AL
0.4 km / 0.3 miles
Saturday: 12:30–17:30
Garden courtyard with acers, camellias, shrubs and flowers at the centre of a gallery dedicated to the appreciation of art from all cultures around the world. Refreshments, tours.

International Lutheran Student Centre Sunken Courtyard WC1H 9QH
0.4 km / 0.3 miles
Saturday: 10:00–17:00
Small paved garden - a safe and calm place for student residents and members of the Church congregation and community to work and relax. Events running throughout the day (programme to be confirmed), refreshments.