Bedford Square

Bedford Square
Spot the palace

Bedford Square was built between 1775 and 1783 as an upper middle class residential area and is one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London. The square takes its name from the main title of the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford, who owned much of the land in what is now Bloomsbury. Many of the houses, now used as office space, are Grade I listed and the central garden continues to remain private domain of the owners and tenants. The architecture of the square is noteworthy: each block of houses facing the square was designed to hold the appearance of a palace with the centre house stuccoed with pediments supported on pilasters and the end houses capped with balustrades. The square's design is attributed to Thomas Laverton, who built No. 1 at the south-east corner in a different style to the rest of the square. Adjoining streets reach the square at the corners rather than the sides and originally were gated, preserving the privacy and exclusivity of the residents. Wikipedia/CTGuides