A visitor’s guide to Bloomsbury Square Gardens


Bloomsbury Square Gardens is one of the most sedate and beautiful outdoor attractions in the whole of London, offering visitors the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s busy streets and the imposing urban sprawl.

Originally laid out in the early 1600s, the gardens were created by the earl of Southampton before becoming part of the Bedford estate in 1723.

The fifth duke of Bedford undertook a significant reimagining of the gardens and the surrounding land in 1800, with a full redesign of the square carried out by the esteemed Humphry Repton.

This led to the creation of a large lawn completed by an oval line of trees in its centre, perimeter shrubbery and a surrounding walkway. It was this design that has now stood the test of time, with recent refurbishment work in 2006/7 having restored to the gardens to their former glory.

Today, the gardens offer a sanctuary from the hectic daily travails of the busy English capital and are a perfect place for visitors to come to simply unwind and recharge their energies.

Opening times

The gardens are open each day for visitors to enjoy from 7.30 until dusk and can be found at Bloomsbury Square in the popular London borough of Camden, WC1A 2RJ.

Parking options for Bloomsbury Gardens visitors

Individuals hoping to drive during their time in the English capital could make use of nearby parking facilities when planning a visit to Bloomsbury Square Gardens, with several local parking options available, including:

  • Bloomsbury Square Car Park (500 ft, two minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • NCP Car Park London Covent Garden (0.3 miles, seven minutes)
  • Coleshill Parkway (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
  • Q-Park Chinatown (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Alpha Parking (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
  • Metropark Ltd (0.3 miles, five minutes)
  • Woburn Place Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
  • RCP Parking – Bernard Street Car Park (0.5 miles, ten minutes)

Drivers heading into this busy part of London are reminded that traffic volumes can be dense (especially during the morning and evening rush hours), while spaces can be limited due to high levels of demand.

Local Underground connections

For all those keen to visit the Bloomsbury Square Gardens with the minimum of stress, travelling there via the world famous London Underground network could be the perfect way to do so. Here are some of the nearest stations that guests to the area will want to make use of:

  • Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines, 0.2 miles, four minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • Russell Square (Piccadilly line, 0.4 miles, nine minutes)
  • Tottenham Court Road (Northern line, 0.5 miles, nine minutes)
  • Chancery Lane (Central line, 0.5 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Goodge Street (Northern line, 0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines, 0.7 miles, 14 minutes)

Where can I eat near Bloomsbury Square Gardens?

Finding a great place to eat out is also fairly straightforward for visitors to Bloomsbury Square Gardens, with many excellent restaurants to be found in the surrounding area. Here are some of the best:

  • The Grand Restaurant (0.8 miles, 12 minutes’ travel time on foot/by public transport)
  • Clos Maggiore (0.7 miles, nine minutes)
  • NOPI (1.1 miles, 14 minutes)
  • The Square (1.2 miles, 14 minutes)
  • The Wolseley (1.2 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Moro (0.9 miles, 12 minutes)
  • The Ivy (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Benares Restaurant (1.3 miles, 16 minutes)
  • Bodean’s BBQ (0.8 miles, 11 minutes)

Nearby attractions to keep visitors coming back

Visitors to Bloomsbury Square Gardens can also enjoy a wide selection of alternative attractions in the local area, with some of London’s other outstanding places to visit including:

  • The British Museum (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot/by public transport)
  • The National Gallery (0.9 miles, 12 minutes)
  • The Charles Dickens Museum (0.6 miles, ten minutes)
  • The Museum of London (1.4 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (0.9 miles, ten minutes)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Museum (two miles, 17 minutes)
  • Buckingham Palace (1.7 miles, 18 minutes)
  • The London Dungeon (1.4 miles, 20 minutes)
  • Palace of Westminster (1.5 miles, 29 minutes)