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Little Known Facts about Bloomsbury

  • Bloomsbury Square used to be called Southampton Square when it was first laid out in 1660. Although it wasn’t the first square in London, it was the first to be called a square!

  • On Russell Square you will find one of only 13 surviving taxi shelters in London where taxi drivers will stop for somewhere to eat and drink.

  • Famous previous residents of Bloomsbury include Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Ricky Gervais.

  • In the film The Mummy Returns, the front of the UCL Main Building in Bloomsbury is passed off as the British Museum!

  • Bloomsbury gave its name to the famous Bloomsbury Group, a group of influential artists who met in houses in the area during the 1900’s. The most notable member was the author Virginia Woolf.

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