About the Area
Home to the Eckerd College London Study Centre
This neighborhood, full of beautiful trees and parks, just five minutes walk from the bustling West End, is London's premier location for many leading national and foreign educational institutions.
The British Museum, University of London, British Library and University College London are complemented by many prestigious overseas teaching organizations which have made Bloomsbury their location of choice.
The area is strategically situated, and offers extensive public transportation by underground and bus to all parts of London, the suburbs, and Heathrow airport.
A History of Learning
In medieval times, Bloomsbury was the site of a manor house, 'Blemondsisberi' owned by William Blemond. The property passed to Edward III in 1390, and then to the stewardship of Carthusian monks. During the dissolution of the monasteries instigated by Henry VIII, possession again returned to the Crown before the estates was to the Lord Chancellor, Thomas Wriothesley.
The area began to be developed in the 17th Century when Bloomsbury Square was completed, setting a precedent for subsequent development. Bedford Square, completed in 1783 is the capital's finest Georgian garden square, widely regarded as one of England's greatest contributions to the development of European town planning.
Bloomsbury became extremely fashionable during the 18th Century, when many imposing townhouses were built for families who spent the week in town and the weekend relaxing in the country. The British Museum, founded in 1753 to display the world's and nation's cultural heritage, is an international centre for study and research. Since the recent construction of the Great Court to celebrate the millennium, the museum now houses London's largest covered public square.
Complementing the primarily residential architecture of Bloomsbury, more public buildings began to appear in the 19th Century, most notably The University College London, established in 1826; the first of a number of University of London facilities to be built in the area which confirmed Bloomsbury as the scholastic centre of the capital.
The Bloomsbury Group, an intellectual circle of friends, flourished in the 1920s and included the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, the writers Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey and the art critics Roger Fry and Clive Bell. Bertrand Russell, Aldous Huxley, and T.S. Eliot were also associated with the group as was John Maynard Keynes, one of the most influential economists of the 20th Century.