Bedford Square
Bedford Square is a square in the Bloomsbury district of the Borough of Camden in London, England. It was built between 1775 and 1783 as an upper middle class residential area, and has had many distinguished residents, including Lord Eldon, one of Britain's longest serving and most celebrated Lord Chancellors, who lived in the largest house in the square for many years. The square takes its name from the main title of the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford, who were the main landlords in Bloomsbury. Bedford Square is one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, but most of the houses have now been converted into offices. Numbers 1-10, 11, 12”“27, 28”“38 and 40”“54 are grade I listed buildings. The central garden remains private. Bedford College, the first place for female higher education in Britain, was formerly located (and named after) Bedford Square.

Current occupants
  • Nos. 1 and 2: Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Limited
  • No. 3: Winston House ( University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's European Study Center)
  • Nos. 4, 5 and 6: New York University's London Academic Facility.
  • No. 7: Birkbeck University of London
  • No. 11: Anti-Cuts Space
  • No. 14: Redhouse Lane
  • No. 16: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • No. 19: Morse Plc
  • No. 25: InferMed Ltd
  • No. 29: London office of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • No. 36: Architectural Association School of Architecture.
  • No. 47: Yale University Press, London.
  • Nos. 9, 49, 50 and 51: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Former occupants
  • No. 6: Lord Eldon " Lord Chancellor
  • No. 10: Charles Gilpin - MP
  • No. 11: Henry Cavendish " scientist
  • No. 13: Harry Ricardo " engine designer " born here
  • No. 22: Johnston Forbes-Robertson " actor
  • No. 30: Jonathan Cape - renowned 20th Century publishing company.
  • No. 35: Thomas Hodgkin " physician, reformer and philanthropist
  • No. 35: Thomas Wakley " founder of The Lancet
  • No. 41: William Butterfield " architect
  • No. 41: Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins " novelist
  • No. 44: Margot Asquith " wife of the Prime Minister H. H. Asquith -- and before that, Ottoline Morrell
  • No. 48: Elizabeth Jesser Reid " anti-slavery activist and founder of Bedford College for Women
  • No. 49: Francis Walker " entomologist; before that Ram Mohan Roy " Indian scholar and reformer
  • No. 50: Karthik Parthiban " Famous Indian scholar
  • No. 52: Was used as the contestants' house in the 2010 series of The Apprentrice


Building Activity

  • removed a media
    about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com