Visite de Bloomsbury et Holborn

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Une visite à pied de Bloomsbury et Holborn

Bloomsbury couvre la région de Holborn à Euston Road, et cette visite à pied comprend tous les points remarquables à proximité.

Commencer votre visite de Bloomsbury & Holborn

Le point de départ de cette visite est à la station de métro Holborn, qui est située à moins d'un mile de l'hôtel Crescent et prend environ 20 minutes à pied. Cette visite à pied devrait prendre 2 à 3 heures.

Station de métro Holborn et place du Lion rouge

Cette visite commence à la station de métro Holborn, où vous devez traverser la route et vous diriger vers le carrefour de Red Lion Street. Le pub Old Red Lion, qui date de 1899, est situé au coin de la rue. Ce site était auparavant occupé par un autre pub, le Red Lyon Inn, créé au XVIe siècle.

On dit que le corps d'Oliver Cromwell a été entreposé pendant la nuit au Red Lyon Inn en route vers la potence. Les corps de Cromwell et de 2 autres personnes auraient ensuite été jetés dans une fosse à proximité du pub, et de nombreuses histoires suggèrent que ces hommes hantent encore la région à ce jour.

La visite se poursuit en remontant Red Lion Street, jusqu'à ce que vous atteigniez Princeton Street. A votre gauche se trouve Red Lion Square, qui fut le théâtre de la fameuse bataille entre les avocats qui y travaillaient et les ouvriers chargés d'aménager le site. Les ouvriers furent vainqueurs et le développement continua.

Place du Lion Rouge et rue Great Ormond

Assis dans le coin nord-est de Red Lion Square se trouve Conway Hall, que vous devez traverser pour revenir sur Red Lion Street. De là, vous pouvez facilement prendre Lamb's Conduit Street, où vous pouvez voir les restes de la pompe de conduit qui a été utilisée pour transférer l'eau potable à Londres depuis la River Fleet.

En continuant le long de Lamb's Conduit Street, vous atteindrez Rugby Street en haut. Nommée d'après la ville natale de l'épicier Lawrence Sheriff dans le Warwickshire, Rugby Street compte de nombreux magasins indépendants qui constituent une distraction agréable pendant que la visite vous emmène vers Great Ormond Street.

Station de métro Great Ormond Street et 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.

Alors que le Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children est l'établissement médical le plus célèbre ici, il est rejoint par d'autres établissements de pointe. Le Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine et le National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery sont tous deux situés à deux pas, à côté de 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.

Station de métro Russell Square et musée des enfants trouvés

À la sortie de Queen's Square, la visite se dirige vers Russell Square via Guilford Street, où vous trouverez Pret-A-Manger au coin de la rue.

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.

Jardins de la place Tavistock et jardins de la place Gordon

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.

Jardins de Gordon Square et 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.