• LOCATION 11 | 'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

    Foundling Hospital

    Turn left here on to Grafton Way.

    As you turn, you'll see a large hospital on your left.

    As you might imagine, Virginia and Vanessa’s relatives were quite scandalized when they found out the young Stephens were moving to this part of town, to live on their own! And have their college friends visit! And stay overnight! Vanessa was so glad to be rid of her other relatives, she told one shocked aunt, ‘It will be all right. And the Foundling Hospital is nearby, in any case.’

    It may not have been much consolation, because the Foundling Hospital is actually not this one - it's all the way on the other side of Bloomsbury! This hospital is the University College Hospital, but the story works quite well here.

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'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group