Bedford Square Festival  

 
 

THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 7TH JULY 2018

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Various | Wed 4 Jul - Bedford Square Unlocked 12noon-3pm, Thu 5 Jul - You Like It 7-10pm
 
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Bedford Square FestivalEvery July one of London's finest Georgian squares, not usually open to the public, hosts a four day summer festival with an eclectic arts programme and gives everyone the chance to enjoy a picnic in the historic, private gardens. With more than forty free events the Bedford Square Festival covers literature, art, architecture, history, film, theatre and education. Speaking on this year's theme, Share the Square, is V&A Director, Tristram Hunt, talking about sharing knowledge and expertise in the arts and culture sector. On Wednesday 4th July, the garden gates are unlocked so you can enjoy free access to this beautifully-tended green space and listen to live music. As well as panel discussions, talks from staff at Sotheby's and An Evening with A.C. Grayling, Shakespeare's As You Like It, set in the late '60s, is performed in Bedford Square on Thursday 5th July.

 

About Bedford Square Gardens

Bedford Square Gardens, the private garden in the centre of the Georgian Bedford Square, is a peaceful green spot in Bloomsbury named after the Dukes of Bedford who owned the estate on which it was built in the 1770s. Available to local residents and businesses, it can also be hired for events and functions for a fee. More about Bedford Square Gardens

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Underground Stations

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Russell Square Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Holborn Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Euston Railway Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
 
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Car Parks

 
Bloomsbury Square Car Park
 
3 minutes walk
 
Holborn NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Buckingham London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £60  39% off
39-40 Bedford Place, WC1B | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
A beautiful townhouse property located in London's peaceful Bloomsbury area, The Buckingham provides an intimate and comfortable setting with its luxury studios and suites. With all ... More
 
 
 
The Beauchamp Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £65  21% off
24-27 Bedford Place, WC1B | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
Found in London's peaceful Bloomsbury area and overlooking private gardens, The Beauchamp combines business and leisure services to offer the ultimate London hotel experience. With modern ... More
 
 
 
Grange Portland Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £60  40% off
31-32 Bedford Place, WC1B | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
Another hotel in the Bloomsbury townhouse collection, the Grange Portland is adjacent to the British Museum and just minutes away from everything Covent Garden, Theatre land ... More
 
 
 
 
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Motown The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 11th February 2016 to 20th April 2019
Bedford Square Festival, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West ...More
 
 
 
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School of Rock
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th October 2016 to 13th January 2019
Bedford Square Festival, Drury Lane, WC2B | 6 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the ...More
 
 
 
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The Feminist Book Society Presents...Funny Women!
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Wednesday 16th January 2019 - 6.30pm-9pm
Bedford Square Festival, 19-20 Tottenham Court Road, W1T | 6 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Join us for the first meeting of Feminist Book Society for 2019, as we discuss women and comedy!...More
 
 
 
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Shaftesbury Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
A large and appealingly shabby Edwardian theatre which has produced almost a century of successful popular theatre and musicals. The most notorious of these was probably ... More
 
 
 
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The Horse Hospital
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
 
 
 
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Dominion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
268-269 Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, London W1T | 5 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Huge theatre which plays host to big, rocking musicals, the Dominion Theatre, though built in 1928, underwent a �6 million restoration in 2017. Originally used as ... More
 
 
 
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British Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 2 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 2 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
This Grade II listed building, a stunning neoclassical landmark constructed in the 1920s, was extensively remodelled in 2003 to provide 300,000 square feet of prime office, ... More
 
 
 
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The Cartoon Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Combining art with humour, this addition to London's museum-cum-gallery scene is refreshingly vibrant. From political cartoons of Thatcher, Brown, Bush and Blair to rare originals on ... More
 
 
 
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London Review Bookshop
London > Shopping > Books
14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
Opened in May 2003, with Alan Bennett cutting the ribbon, the London Review Bookshop is a welcome addition to the city's dwindling ranks of independent bookshops. ... More
 
 
 
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The Classic Camera- The Leica Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
2 Pied Bull Yard, off Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
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James Smith & Sons
London > Shopping > Specialists
53 New Oxford Street, Covent Garden, London WC1A | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
James Smith & Sons is an historic Victorian family business specialising in umbrellas, walking sticks and canes. Commonly known as "the Umbrella Shop", this immaculately presented ... More
 
 
 
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Blue Door Bistro
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Montague Hotel, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
The Blue Door Bistro is an informal eatery located within Bloomsbury's Montague Hotel. Light and relaxed at lunch, cosy and candlelit by night. They serve simple ... More
 
 
 
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London Review Cake Shop
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
14-16 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
A place to meet, talk, read and enjoy the tea, coffee and cakes. The cake shop is managed by Terry Glover, who comes to the ... More
 
 
 
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The Level Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
The DoubleTree by Hilton, 92 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 1 minute from Bedford Square Festival
Conveniently situated in the Russell Square Park Inn Hotel, Waterfalls Restaurant serves fresh dishes complemented with gourmet wines in a modern, fresh atmosphere with direct street ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 5 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 6 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is among the best schools for the studies of foreign cultures and languages in the world. In fact, ... More
 
 
 
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All Star Lanes, Holborn
London > Leisure > Activities
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 2 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
This fun bowling alley and restaurant is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other. ... More
 
 
 
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Ted's Grooming Room & Ottoman Lounge
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
31 Theobalds Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1X | 5 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Inspired by the skills and techniques of the Ottoman Empire's barbers, Ted's Grooming Room provides a sanctuary for men seeking the perfect shave. With ... More
 
 
 
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The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
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The Princess Louise
London > Nightlife > Pubs
208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
The flagship London pub of Yorkshire's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, the Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout complete with snugs, removed ... More
 
 
 
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 6 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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The American Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
During The Savoy's �220million refit the American Bar was barely touched, ensuring it stayed true to its traditional, sleek design that is synonymous with the iconic ... More
 
 
 
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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
The second of two bars in The Savoy, the Beaufort Bar is a glamorous affair. The bar continues the hotel's Art Deco theme with plush black ... More
 
 
 
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The London Cocktail Club - Shaftesbury Avenue
London > Nightlife > Bars
224a Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
The London Cocktail Club is a members bar but - luckily for us - it's not a very exclusive one; it's free ... More
 
 
 
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British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 2 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
 
 
 
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The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
 
 
 
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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from Bedford Square Festival
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
 

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Around 150 prints and drawings from the Museum's collections by Georg Baselitz, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley ...More

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British Museum 2 minutes walk from Bedford Square Festival

Works revealing the British Museum's outstanding collections in engaging new ways, underscoring the global connections of this vast region of ...More

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The Wiener Library 4 minutes walk from Bedford Square Festival

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Motown The Musical
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Theatre | Until 20th April 2019 

Shaftesbury Theatre 4 minutes walk from Bedford Square Festival

Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical ...More

 
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Tropicana Beach Club 6 minutes walk from Bedford Square Festival

This winter, the Neighbourhood Cinema gets into the festive spirit with screenings of Christmas classics on a Frozen Island. Visitors ...More

 
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New London Theatre 6 minutes walk from Bedford Square Festival

Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock ...More

 
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Join us for the first meeting of Feminist Book Society for 2019, as we discuss women and comedy!...More

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