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Bloomsbury Open Gardens

Past event 8AM-10PM Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 June 2017

Event location: WC1B 3HH

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Enjoy fine Regency squares with 18th and 19th century planting schemes, where celebrated inhabitants from Charles Dickens to Bob Marley once took the air, contrasting with rare, usually hidden gardens with medicinal, Antipodean and Japanese plants.

One ticket gives you access to more than 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across the capital during London Open Garden Squares Weekend.

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Below are just those in the Bloomsbury area:

1. Bedford Square Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Built between 1775 and 1786, Bedford Square is the best and most complete Georgian square in London. Further details

2. British Medical Association Council Garden Sat 10:00–17:00
A hidden secret on the site of Charles Dickens' house, designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted extensively with medicinal herbs. Special events with the theme ‘BMA Gardens and Health'. Refreshments available.
Further details

3. Brunswick Square Sat 11:00–16:00
Built between 1795 and 1802 on land bought by the Thomas Coram Foundation. Grade II-listed square named after Caroline of Brunswick, the Prince Regent's wife. Further details

4. Calthorpe Project Community Garden Sat 12:00–18:00, Sun 12:00–18:00
A green oasis in the heart of King's Cross. Further details

5. Collingham Gardens Nursery Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Hidden, semi-wild garden of a cooperative pre-school nursery run by local parents. Originally part of the first graveyard in the UK set outside church land. History of site in exhibition. Delicious refreshments. Further details

6. Fitzroy Square Sun 10:00–18:30
Fitzroy Square is one of London's finest squares and the only London square designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century. Special feature - newly installed organic children's play area. Refreshments will be served in the garden. Further details

7. The House of St Barnabas Sun 10:00–17:00
Small, private courtyard garden of a building dating from 1746. Further details

8. International Lutheran Student Centre Sunken Courtyard Sat 10:00–17:00
Small paved garden - a safe and calm place for student residents and members of the Church congregation and community to work and relax. Events running throughout the day (programme to be confirmed), refreshments.
Further details

9. Lloyd Square Sun 13:00–17:30
The pedimented façades of the surrounding houses provide a unique backdrop to the enclosed space of a tranquil and secluded garden with roses and a pergola. Further details

10. Marchmont Community Garden Sat 08:00–22:00, Sun 08:00–22:00
Small garden linking Marchmont to Handel Street. Densely planted with trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals providing colour throughout the year. Much used for lunching in the sun, working on laptops, meeting friends, reading, meditating. Further details

11. Mecklenburgh Square Sun 12:00–17:00
Two-acre garden laid out in 1810-12, remaining close to the original design. Sections devoted to plants from New Zealand and medicinal herbs. Children's play area, tennis court. Further details

12. October Gallery Sat 11:30–17:30
Garden courtyard with acers, camellias, shrubs and flowers at the centre of a gallery dedicated to the appreciation of art from all cultures around the world. Refreshments, tours. Further details

13. The Phoenix Garden Sat 10:00–18:00, Sun 10:00–18:00
Award-winning independent charity garden built and planted by the local community in 1984 on the site of a car park. Attractive for people and urban wildlife (including the West End's only frogs). Further details

14. Ridgmount Gardens Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Residential garden opposite an imposing Victorian-era apartment building. A rare treasure. Further details

15. Russell Square Gardens Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Important Regency square, grade II-listed, with gardens first laid out by Humphry Repton and restored in 2001. Meet the Friends of Russell Square. Punch and Judy show. Children's activities. Archives and picture exhibitions. Tours. Cafeteria. Further details

16. St George's Gardens Sat 08:00–21:00, Sun 08:00–21:00
Garden which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2014. Formerly two burial grounds, with imposing ivy-clad tombs and gravestones, restored in 2001. New sensory garden. Information leaflets and a representative of the Friends available 10:00-17:00 Further details

17. SOAS Japanese-Inspired Roof Garden Sat 10:30–17:00, Sun 12:00–17:00
Small, modern Japanese-style roof garden with the theme of 'forgiveness'. A space for quiet contemplation and meditation. Further details

18. White Hall Hotel Sat 11:00–18:00, Sun 11:00–17:00
Sunny green-lawned enclave between the British Museum and Montague Street. Afternoon tea on Sunday. Further details

Bloomsbury Map
(Event post code WC1B 3HH is nearest post code to Bedford Square - the first Open Gardens)

Tickets on sale
Adult weekend online advance ticket - £13 (available until midnight Thursday 15th June)
Adult weekend ticket - £15 (available to purchase from gardens across the weekend)
Group rate weekend online advance ticket - £12
Children under 12 - free (but will require their own ticket)
Sunday only ticket - £10

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