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Bloomsbury, London

Virginia Woolf's narrator consults books about women in the reading room of the British museum, in the area of London known as Bloomsbury.

 

The British Museum Reading Room as it is today
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe British Museum Reading Room as it is today - Credit: David Iliff, Wikimedia Commons

 

46 Gordon Square, the home of Virginia Woolf ,1904-07, and later of the economist John Maynard Keynes
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike46 Gordon Square, the home of Virginia Woolf,1904-07, and later of the economist John Maynard Keynes - Credit: Myrabella, Wikimedia Commons

Bloomsbury is situated in the southern part of the London Borough of Camden. It is home to a great number of academic institutions and hospitals, including the University of London Senate House Library, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College Hospital.

It is renowned for its attractive garden squares, such as Russell Square, Tavistock Square, and Gordon Square. Virginia Woolf lived at 46 Gordon Square between 1904 and 1907, along with her sister Vanessa, and brothers Adrian and Thoby.

Many of the intellectuals, writers and artists who formed the Bloomsbury Group – of which Virginia Woolf and other members of her family were prominent members – lived in this part of London in the early 20th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Woolf's narrator leaves the British Museum she walks home through the Admiralty Arch. and along Whitehall to reach her 'home by the river'. This suggests that she lived either in, or in the vicinity of, the area illustrated by the map below in the London Borough known as the City of Westminster: