• LOCATION 15 | 'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

    Indian YMCA and Fitzroy Square

    The modern building on your left is the Indian YMCA. This is one of your ‘tips’ on where to eat; they have a lovely cafeteria that serves hot lunches.

    The reason I know this is that I attended a travel writing workshop here a few years ago. It had been advertised in the Guardian newspaper, and I figured it was a good omen for me that it was being held in Bloomsbury.

    The writer who taught the day-long session gave us an assignment for our lunch break. When he announced what it was, I couldn’t believe my ears. He wanted us to ‘write about this neighbourhood.’ Seriously. The same neighborhood I have been researching for the past twenty years!

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'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group