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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

Bedford Square

Bedford Square
(Photo: Lynne Eva)
Visitor Information
Open

Saturday 10:00–17:00
Sunday 10:00–17:00

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

North side of square
Nearest postcode: WC1B 3HH

Buses

10, 24, 29, 73, 134 + 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242

Stations

Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street

Cycle hire station

Bayley Street (Map)

Public toilets

Broadwick Street (Map)
Saturday 10:00-02:00
Sunday 10:00-02:00

Access

Hard surface only at garden entrance

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

The Garden

Bedford Square, built between 1775 and 1786, is London's best and most complete Georgian square. Most of the elegant surrounding buildings, with their distinctive Coade-stone entrances, are now offices, but were once fashionable townhouses. Pre-war iron railings enclose the large oval garden at the centre while shrubberies and mature plane trees provide screening. The garden's main lawn has been re-turfed, perennials have been added to borders and shrubs and trees have been well pruned. A restored summerhouse, Victorian stumpery and pocket planting of herbaceous plants provide more interest. Other historic Bloomsbury squares and gardens, normally open to the public, will also host OGSW activities – see https://bloomsburysquares.wordpress.com/ for details.

Head Gardener: Tom Abbott
Visitor Information
Open

Saturday 10:00–17:00
Sunday 10:00–17:00

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

North side of square
Nearest postcode: WC1B 3HH

Buses

10, 24, 29, 73, 134 + 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242

Stations

Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street

Cycle hire station

Bayley Street (Map)

Public toilets

Broadwick Street (Map)
Saturday 10:00-02:00
Sunday 10:00-02:00

Access

Hard surface only at garden entrance

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

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Sunday: 10:00–17:00
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