Situated just around the corner from Russell Square, a tranquil leafy spot in the heart of Bloomsbury, the Georgian townhouses that make up The Montague are within touching distance of many of London’s key amenities. King’s Cross, St Pancras, and Euston, three of London’s major train stations, are all close at hand. Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street, is also just moments away. The British Museum, home to invaluable treasures like the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone, is practically on The Montague’s doorstep. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern metropolis, Bloomsbury has an old-world charm and a rich intellectual and literary history that cannot fail to enchant its visitors.
With such an unmatched reputation when it comes to housing intellectual and artistic communities, it is no surprise that Bloomsbury has deep connections with a whole host of leading luminaries. As you traverse the beautiful, historic streets keep your eyes peeled for the little blue plaques that identify the notable people that made this area their home. Here are our top picks of ones to look out for.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) – A pioneer whose contributions to the field of evolutionary biology – namely, that evolution’s pattern results from natural selection – have led to him being considered one of the most influential figures in human history. You can find Charles Darwin’s plaque at the Biological Sciences Building, University College.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) – One of the finest Victorian novelists, and his works are still widely read today. Dickens’ novels are particularly renowned for their vivid characters and their unflinching depictions of the abject poverty that plagued Victorian society. You can find Charles Dickens’ plaque at 48 Doughty Street.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) – A member of the fabled Bloomsbury Group, Woolf is widely considered to be one of the most significant figures of modernist literature, with many of her novels innovatively employing stream of consciousness as a narrative device. You can find Virginia Woolf’s plaque at 29 Fitzroy Square.
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) – Keynes was also a member of the Bloomsbury Group, along with proving one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. In Time magazine’s words, “his radical idea that governments should spend money they don’t have may have saved capitalism." You can find John Maynard Keynes’ plaque at 46 Gordon Square.
Europe’s busiest shopping street, with roughly half a million daily visitors, houses several flagship stores for globally renowned brands, along with a number of buildings listed for their historic value. The Christmas lights on display throughout November and December never fail to enchant its visitors.
Embrace the neon-illuminated chaos of Piccadilly Circus, take in the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square, sip fashionable cocktails in the chic bars of Soho, feast on the delights of Chinatown, or take a stroll down theatre-filled Shaftesbury Avenue. All of these opportunities lie right on the doorstep of The Montague.
A delightful pedestrianised street designed by Thomas Cubitt in 1822, these Georgian stucco-fronted houses face a series of trees and original gas lamps. Having survived the Blitz, the street now plays host to a smattering of charmingly quaint shops and cafes. It also counts modernist writers Dorothy Richardson and WB Yeats amongst those who had lived there.
The British Museum has a permanent collection of around eight million works in the fields of human history, art, and culture. The Elgin Marbles of Greece and the Rosetta Stone of Egypt rank highly amongst its most famous treasures.
Russell Square: Served by the Piccadilly line, this is the closest tube station to The Montague on the Gardens.
Holborn: Served by the Piccadilly and Central lines.
Tottenham Court Road: Served by the Northern, Central and Elizabeth lines.
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