Squares of Bloomsbury

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The Bloomsbury Group, they used to say, lived in squares, moved in circles and loved in triangles. Russell Square sits at the very heart of the district. Originally laid out in 1800, a striking facelift a decade ago spruced it up and gave the square a 10m-high fountain. The centre of literary Bloomsbury was Gordon Square , where some of the buildings are marked with blue plaques. Lovely Bedford Square is the only completely Georgian square still surviving in Bloomsbury.

At various times, Bertrand Russell (No 57), Lytton Strachey (No 51) and Vanessa and Clive Bell, Maynard Keynes and the Woolf family (No 46) lived in Gordon Square, while Strachey, Dora Carrington and Lydia Lopokova (the future wife of Maynard Keynes) all took turns living at No 41.