Tour di Bloomsbury e Holborn

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Un tour a piedi di Bloomsbury e Holborn

Bloomsbury copre l'area da Holborn verso Euston Road e questo tour a piedi comprende tutti i punti importanti nelle vicinanze.

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Il punto di partenza di questo tour è alla stazione della metropolitana di Holborn, che si trova a meno di un miglio dal Crescent Hotel e impiega circa 20 minuti a piedi. Questo tour a piedi dovrebbe richiedere 2-3 ore per essere completato.

Stazione della metropolitana di Holborn e Piazza del Leone Rosso

Questo tour inizia alla stazione della metropolitana di Holborn, dove devi attraversare la strada e dirigerti verso l'incrocio di Red Lion Street. Il pub Old Red Lion, che risale al 1899, si trova all'angolo. Questo sito era precedentemente occupato da un altro pub, il Red Lyon Inn, fondato nel XVI secolo.

Si dice che il corpo di Oliver Cromwell sia stato immagazzinato durante la notte al Red Lyon Inn mentre si dirigeva verso la forca. I corpi di Cromwell e altri 2 furono quindi gettati in una fossa nelle immediate vicinanze del pub, e ci sono molti racconti che suggeriscono che questi uomini infestano ancora la zona fino ad oggi.

Il tour continua mentre ti dirigi su Red Lion Street, proseguendo fino a raggiungere Princeton Street. Alla vostra sinistra c'è Piazza del Leone Rosso, che è stata l'ambientazione della famosa battaglia tra gli avvocati che vi lavoravano e gli operai incaricati di sviluppare il sito. Gli operai furono vittoriosi e lo sviluppo continuò.

Piazza del Leone Rosso e Great Ormond Street

Seduto nell'angolo nord-est di Red Lion Square c'è Conway Hall, che devi superare per tornare su Red Lion Street. Da qui, puoi facilmente salire su Lamb's Conduit Street, dove puoi vedere i resti della pompa di condotta utilizzata per trasferire l'acqua potabile a Londra dalla River Fleet.

Proseguendo lungo Lamb's Conduit Street, raggiungerai Rugby Street in cima. Prende il nome dalla città natale del droghiere Lawrence Sheriff, nel Warwickshire, Rugby Street vanta molti negozi indipendenti che sono una piacevole distrazione mentre il tour ti porta verso Great Ormond Street.

Stazione della metropolitana Great Ormond Street e 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.

Sebbene il Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children sia l'istituto medico più famoso qui, è affiancato da altri stabilimenti all'avanguardia. Il Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine e il National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery si trovano entrambi a pochi passi di distanza, adiacenti 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.

Stazione della metropolitana di Russell Square e The Foundling Museum

All'uscita da Queen's Square, il tour si dirige verso Russell Square attraverso Guilford Street, dove troverai Pret-A-Manger all'angolo.

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.

Tavistock Square Gardens & Gordon Square Gardens

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.

Gordon Square Gardens e 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.