Recorrido por Bloomsbury y Holborn

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Un recorrido a pie por Bloomsbury y Holborn

Bloomsbury cubre el área desde Holborn hacia Euston Road, y este recorrido a pie abarca todos los puntos notables en las proximidades.

Comenzando su recorrido por Bloomsbury y Holborn

El punto de partida de este recorrido es la estación de metro de Holborn, que se encuentra a menos de una milla del Crescent Hotel y se tarda unos 20 minutos a pie. Este recorrido a pie debería tomar de 2 a 3 horas en completarse.

Estación de metro Holborn y Red Lion Square

Este recorrido comienza en la estación de metro de Holborn, donde debe cruzar la calle y dirigirse hacia el cruce de Red Lion Street. El pub Old Red Lion, que data de 1899, se encuentra en la esquina. Este sitio fue ocupado anteriormente por otro pub, el Red Lyon Inn, que se estableció en el siglo XVI.

Se rumorea que el cuerpo de Oliver Cromwell se almacenó durante la noche en el Red Lyon Inn de camino a la horca. Los cuerpos de Cromwell y otros 2 supuestamente fueron arrojados a un pozo cerca del pub, y hay muchas historias que sugieren que estos hombres todavía frecuentan el área hasta el día de hoy.

El recorrido continúa a medida que avanza por Red Lion Street y continúa hasta llegar a Princeton Street. A su izquierda está Red Lion Square, que fue el escenario de la famosa batalla entre los abogados que trabajaban allí y los trabajadores encargados de desarrollar el sitio. Los trabajadores obtuvieron la victoria y el desarrollo continuó.

Plaza del León Rojo y calle Great Ormond

Sentado en la esquina noreste de Red Lion Square se encuentra Conway Hall, que debe pasar para navegar de regreso a Red Lion Street. Desde aquí, puede tomar fácilmente Lamb's Conduit Street, donde puede ver los restos de la bomba de conducto que se utilizó para transferir agua potable a Londres desde el río Fleet.

Continuando por Lamb's Conduit Street, llegará a Rugby Street en la parte superior. El nombre de la ciudad natal de Warwickshire del tendero Lawrence Sheriff, Rugby Street cuenta con muchas tiendas independientes que son una distracción agradable a medida que el recorrido lo lleva hacia Great Ormond Street.

Estación de metro Great Ormond Street y Russell Square

Great Ormond Street, arguably most well known because of the children’s hospital that takes its name, is the next stop on this tour.

Si bien Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children es la institución médica más famosa aquí, se le unen otros establecimientos de vanguardia. El Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine y el National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery están ambos ubicados a tiro de piedra, junto a Queen's Square.

Created in 1716 and named after Queen Anne, Queen’s Square actually contains a statue of Queen Charlotte, who was a frequent visitor to the area when her husband, King George III, was being treated. The nearby “Queen’s Larder” pub is also named after Charlotte.

Estación de metro de Russell Square y el Museo Foundling

Al salir de Queen's Square, el recorrido se dirige a Russell Square a través de Guilford Street, donde encontrará Pret-A-Manger en la esquina.

Russell Square was supposedly named after Francis Russell, the 5th Duke of Bedford, though it may have taken the family name even earlier. Francis was the driving force behind much of the local development, commissioning the master developer James Burton to transform the area into a residential hub. With Burton responsible for many developments in Bloomsbury and Holborn, you will notice distinct similarities as you explore the various districts.

From here, we will turn right onto Bernard Street before taking the 2nd left onto Marchmont Street. On the right is the Brunswick Centre, a grade II listed building which boasts residential, retail and leisure facilities. Further up Marchmont Street, you can admire the plaques of famous people and see which houses they lived in.

Just a 2 minute walk from the Brunswick Centre (via Hunter Street) is the Foundling Museum, located adjacent to Brunswick Square Gardens and Coram’s Field. The Foundling Museum opened in 2004 and pays tribute to the Foundling Hospital, which was the first home in the United Kingdom to take care of children who had been orphaned or abandoned.

Jardines de Tavistock Square y Jardines de Gordon Square

From the Foundling Museum, you must head back towards Hunter Street, then turn left onto Tavistock Place, continuing until you reach Tavistock Square Gardens. This was also developed by James Burton, with many of the properties being completed years later by Thomas Cubitt. If you turn right out of the gardens onto Tavistock Square, you will pass the memorial for the victims of the 2005 London Bombings. Opposite the memorial, you will see statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Virginia Woolf.

From here, head north towards the British Medical Association’s BMA House, which has been their headquarters for almost 100 years. The position where BMA House now stands was once the home of Charles Dickens.

Leave Tavistock Place via Endsleigh Place and head towards Gordon Square. Developed by Thomas Cubitt, many members of the Bloomsbury Group lived here, most notably Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.

Jardines de Gordon Square y Euston Road

These are the final few sights of the walking tour as you make your way towards Euston Road.

If you exit Gordon Square from the south, you will see Euston Church on your right. This Grade I listed church was built in the mid-19th century by master architect John Raphael Brandon and welcomes visitors for their midweek small groups (these usually take place on an evening, so if you wish to join in, you will need to time your walk accordingly).

Continuing onto Byng Place, the nearby UCL campus boasts many wonderful buildings, one of which is the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Named after former UCL professor Flinders Petrie, this wonderful UCL museum offers free entry to the public and houses one of the world’s finest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology.

If you head back towards Byng Place, turn right and then right again, you will find yourself on Gower Street. As you continue up Gower Street, you will find the Grant Museum of Zoology on your left, and further up on the right hand side is the main entrance to UCL. A further 100m up the road will bring you to the junction of Gower Street and Euston Road, where you will find Euston Square Tube Station on the corner.