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Relaxing in Bloomsbury’s Garden Squares in London

When I was last in London, I’d planned to visit the British Museum on the Sunday morning. However being greeted by warm sunshine when exiting Holborn Tube Station, (after three consecutive chilly and dull days), I decided to stay outdoors and enjoy the sunshine in some of Bloomsburys’ garden squares.

My first port of call was at Russell Square Garden, which has a pretty fountain. But it was rather busy there and I couldn’t find a bench in the sun.

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Fountain in Russell Square Garden

I moved onto Tavistock Square. After a stop at the Gandhi sculpture, I found a well located bench.

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Gandhi sculpture in Tavistock Square

I checked for other nearby garden squares on my phone, and decided to stroll across to Gordon Square. I read that the writer Virginia Woolfe and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, two of the main characters portrayed in the recent BBC drama ‘Living in Squares’, had lived at 46 Gordon Square.

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Gordon Square Garden in Bloomsbury

I loved the sculpture of the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.

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Sculpture of Rabindranath Tagore in Gordon Square

The imposing Grade 1 listed Christ the King church lies at the south-western end of the garden.

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Christ the King Church from Gordon Square Garden

My final Bloomsbury garden stop was in Woburn Square, just across the road from Gordon Square.

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Woburn Square Garden

It’s home to an attractive Victorian style summerhouse.

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Summerhouse in Woburn Square Garden

When you are in Bloomsbury, I recommend that you spend some time in its garden squares.