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Bloomsbury, London

London's Bloomsbury was mostly rural until the mid 17th century, when the 4th Earl of Southampton constructed what would become Bloomsbury Square.


This district of central London, much like Montparnasse in Paris, is associated with artists, writers and assorted Bohemians conducting experiments in living in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



Notables include Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and E.M. Forster. Extending from Tottenham Court Road in the West End to the Gray’s Inn Road eastwards, the area is characterised by five and six-storey Georgian terraces and garden squares, including Mecklenburgh Square, which is now Grade II listed.

Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTerrace - Credit: John Winfield


From Victorian times until around World War II, these houses were mostly broken up into bedsitters and flats, but are now home to the capital’s wealthier scions.



The area also contains numerous academic institutions including Senate House, RADA and University College London.

Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSenate - Credit: Stephen McKay