International Lutheran Student Centre Sunken Courtyard
The private courtyard of St Mary with St George German Lutheran Church and the International Lutheran Student Centre (ILSC), is a sunken haven in the busy streets of Bloomsbury.
It was created on a site damaged during WW2, to provide a safe, calm place for student residents and members of the Church congregation and community to work and relax, planted with a variegated Weigala and Japanese rowan tree surrounded by ground-level beds and hanging baskets.
In St Mary's Church, which opens onto the garden, there is a sculpture of Christ on the Cross
by Elisabeth Frink, who also created the wonderful Walking Madonna
at Salisbury Cathedral.
On another side of the garden is a social clubroom, used regularly by student residents and by St Mary's for social and community events such as their annual Christmas fair.
- Saturday 10:00–17:00
- Visitors are welcome to take time to sit and reflect.
St Mary’s German Church and the International Lutheran Student Centre will be providing a cultural programme throughout the day with performances from at least two choirs, a cellist and a piano.
Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate, cold drinks and snacks in the clubroom.
Our courtyard is not normally open, so we are pleased to invite you in for the Open Gardens Weekend as a centre of the German community, an international student community, and the local community in Bloomsbury.
30 Thanet Street
Nearest postcode: WC1H 9QH
- 10, 30, 59, 73, 91, 205, 390, 476 (Euston Road) + 59, 68, 91, 168 (Tavistock Square)
- King's Cross, St Pancras, Russell Square
- Cycle hire station:
- Cartwright Gardens (Map)
- Disabled toilet on site.
- One small step on pavement just outside the front door. Eleven steps or lift to sunken courtyard garden on lower ground floor. Completely level access (via a lift) from Sandwich Street: we will happily direct you from 30 Thanet St.
- Dogs on leads