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6. Doughty Street, Mecklenburgh Square,
  St George's Gardens
 

 As we walk up Lambs Conduit Street keep your eye out for Rugby Street on the left hand side, we take this turning and you'll notice more boutiques (bric-a-brac, hand made handbags and jewellery). We walk to the Rugby Tavern pub take an immediate right and an immediate left onto Northington Street, if you look directly behind you now you'll see Dorothy L Sayers house.

Charles Dickens Museum, Doughty Street, Bloomsbury LondonContinue walking to John Street and turn left. We're now rapidly approaching one the Bloomsbury highlights and a well known London Attraction. As you continue walking on John Street it changes its name to Doughty Street and keep your eyes open for a house on the right hand side The Charles Dickens Museum. There is a little shop in the reception area inside and a small cover charge allowing you to wander around the house and see it, more or less, as it would have been when Dickens lived here. It's generally accepted that Dickens wrote Oliver Twist when he lived here. Indeed Dickens loved Bloomsbury so much he's said to have lived at one stage or another here, on Tavistock Square and on Great Russell Street.

Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury LondonMoving along up the street we cross over into Mecklenburgh Square.Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury London On the left hand side you'll notice an old London College - Goodenough College - the Mecklenburgh gardens unfortunately are not open to the public and on the right hand side admire the magnificent architecture of the buildings including the Mecklenburgh Club and yet more palatial student housing.

Now we're coming to a tricky bit so you'll need to pay close attention as you're about toHouses on Heathcote Street, end of Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury London discover a hidden gem which only locals really tend to frequent and it's a closely guarded secret in the district. Continue walking to the end of the square, you're now facing these houses in the photo ---> on Heathcote Street, now take a left walking up Heathcote Street. I Great Gates at the end of Heathcote Street, entrance to St George's Gardens, Bloomsbury Londonknow it looks like a dead end, but trust me. Walk right to the very end of the street you'll see a pair a great gates on the right hand side walk through into the historic St George's Gardens.

  St. George's Gardens are not bounded by any roads so Anna's Tomb, Granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell, St George's Gardens, Bloomsbury Londonmost people miss them completely. In fact they don't even appear on the route map so closely guarded is their existence. These are the quietest gardens in Bloomsbury. Take some time to soak up the atmosphere of this ancient cemetery opened in 1715. The granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell is buried here amongst other notables and it's a favourite place for local dog owners to walk their pets. The Gardens have attained green flag status thanks to the tireless loving efforts of the friendly keepers, who'll gladly pass the time of day chatting away with you.

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