'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

    46 gordon square london
    Kathleendonnelly
    27 Jul 2015
    Clock 20min      Length1mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Writer Virginia Stephen Woolf and her ‘Such Friends’ lived in the Bloomsbury area of London in the early 20th century, when they were just starting their careers, and became known as the ‘Bloomsbury group.’ We’ll see the houses where they ‘lived in squares and loved in triangles,’ from 1904 to 1915, walking the same streets that they did when they strolled from one Thursday evening salon to another. In the drawing rooms of middle class London, they had whisky, buns and cocoa, and, as Virginia remembered later, ‘’Talking, talking, talking… as if everything could be talked…’

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Gordon Square, University of London, University College Hospital, Fitzroy Square

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    You can start your Bloomsbury day with high tea at the Morton Hotel, near the Russell Square Tube Station. From there it is an easy stroll to our starting point, the entrance to Gordon Square with the snack shop. I’ll meet you there…

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    The snack shop at the entrance to Gordon Square is a good place to have an ‘al fresco’ lunch if the weather is nice.
    The Northumberland Arms pub, at Grafton Way and Tottenham Court Road, is a great spot to stop for a pint.
    The Indian YMCA has a low cost cafeteria with nice lunches, open to the public.

    Best time to walk:

    This walk is best done during the day time, hopefully with lovely sunshine and no rain.

    Precautions:

    As always, be careful crossing the streets—even at pedestrian crossings—and remember which side the cars drive on!

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    Kathleendonnelly

    Thank you so much for your great comments! This walk has only been up a few months, and you are the first to comment on it! If you want more information about the Bloomsberries, you can follow my blog at www.suchfriends.wordpress.com where I write about them and other early 20th century writers' salons. I also recommend Blogging Woolf, also at Wordpress, who posts lots more interesting stuff...

    Posted by Kathleen Dixon Route Creator , over 1 year ago
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    Posted by /users/1442 , over 1 year ago
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    I did this walk on Sat 17th Oct and again on the Sunday 18th with a friend. This was a brilliant walk, very clear instructions and to learn all about the Bloomsbury Group was fantastic. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly has narrated the walk so well and now I cannot wait to research Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group even further - Thank you

    Posted by /users/1442 , over 1 year ago

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