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Brunswick Square Gardens

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Brunswick Square Gardens - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

This panorama shows the gardens in Brunswick Square, which backs on to the Brunswick Center. These grassed areas are very popular with Londoners in the summer, when almost every square inch of grass is occupied during the lunch hour by workers from the surrounding buildings. Sadly, not all take their litter away with them at the end.

Brunswick Square Gardens - FURTHER INFORMATION

Brunswick Square Gardens - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Brunswick Square Gardens' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.

Brunswick Square is in the Borough of Camden, is just to the east of Coram Fields in London, close to Russell Square. It is linked to the Coram Family. To the south is International House (a residential student hall belonging to the University of London) and the Brunswick Centre is just off to the west. Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and Russell Square are both nearby.

The area has had a long association with children's charities since Thomas Coram established a Foundling Hospital nearby to look after abandoned children in 1739. Near to Brunswick square is the Foundling Museum, which, refurbished in 2004, contains an important body of art from the hospital. Hogarth personally contributed paintings to decorate the walls of the new building. Many other contemporary British artists followed suit thus creating the first British art gallery. As a result, the Foundling Hospital is now seen as the catalyst for the Royal Art Academy.

The Coram Family Charity still continues today, and is one of England's oldest charities to look after the welfare of children. The location of the original Foundling Hospital has now been converted into an open space for children called Coram Fields. When the Foundling Hospital vacated the site in the 1920's huge opposition from local communities prevented the space from being redeveloped. Today Coram Fields contains a children's play area with sand pits, a pet's corner and café. Adults are only permitted if accompanied by a child.

The nearby Brunswick center is a council housing area, built like an inverted ziggurat with a shopping mall. The Brunswick Centre has an infamous reputation for being dreary and run down. Unfortunately, it is Grade II listed meaning that very little in the area can physically be changed. And that in spite of the intense dislike of most of the residents of the 560 flats that occupy the building. It seems yet another case where planners have slightly 'lost the plot' condemning both London and the local residents to a pretty dismal architectural future. Maybe the recent face-lift will help both the block and the area. The Brunswick Centre does at least contain the Renoir Cinema, an independent cinema showing an interesting collection of films.


Tube: Russell Sqaure (Piccadilly), Kings Cross St Pancras (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Norther, Victoria, Piccadilly lines), Euston (Northern, Victoria lines).

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