Bloomsbury and Hidden Museums


Bloomsbury and Hidden Museums

Do you want to see the world’s oldest garment of clothing? The Tarkhan dress! It’s amazing, 5000 years old! In this London walking tour of Bloomsbury around the London University there are many hidden museums and lovely things to see as well as beautiful squares.

Woburn Walk is Regency from about 1822 with Listed buildings.
Tucked away in a corner so not to disturb wealthy residents.
W.B Yeats held meetings here every Monday attended by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and John Masefield. Masefield said it was the most interesting sitting room in London!!
Yeats was described by locals as “The toff what lived in the buildings”

Tavistock Square where Charles Dickens lived and wrote Tale of Two Cities, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, Bleak House. It was his last residence in London.
Also on July 7th 2005 London bombings killed 13 people.

Gordon Square is a nice serene garden which features in The Mummy returns.

The Petrie Museum is where you will find thousands of Egyptian exhibits and the oldest garment, and just around the corner lies the Grant Museum where you can see a dodo and 67000 exhibits, including other extinct species.

Senate House

Senate House was used by Orwell as the inspiration for the Ministry of Truth (as the propaganda dept was based in there during the War)

UCL also is home to the remains of Jeremy Bentham from the 18th and 19th Century. He was a Social reformer and founder of Utilitarianism.
* Right and wrong is measured by the greatest happiness for the greatest number

Bedford Square

The Russel Family who were the Dukes of Bedford owned a lot of land in Bloomsbury

Many late 18th Century middle class houses remain here and are the most well preserved Georgian Houses in London.

Bloomsbury Square was developed by the Earl of Southampton in the 1660s.
Bedford house occupied north side but was later demolished when it became less fashionable.
In 1694 a 23 year old scot, John Law killed Edward Beau Wilson in a duel but he escaped his cell and became controller of Finances of France under Louis XV

Look out for the houses on the south side by John Nash

The Museum Tavern was probably The Alpha Inn in The Blue Carbuncle as Arthur Conan Doyle drank here and even describes its location. Karl Marx also drank here.

Sicilian Ave was built in 1910 with grade II listed lamp posts with cherubs on them and beautiful buildings.

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