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Walking Tour: A celebration of the architecture of Bedford Square

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Walking Tour with Benedict O'Looney
Meet outside no. 36 Bedford Square to start the tour

This afternoon tour tells the remarkable architectural history of Bedford Square, one of the best-preserved Georgian Squares in Britain, an exemplar of modern domestic architecture in the late eighteenth century. As this is a part of the Bedford Square Festival, this walk is a unique opportunity to see some of the normally hidden interiors of the finest houses on the square where much original features and detailing survive. Highlights include the interiors of the AA, the Paul Mellon Centre, Yale University Press and Sotheby’s. While the Grade l listed townscape of Bedford Square has been carefully preserved, in recent years there has been considerable new development on adjacent streets. This tour concludes with a look at some of the exciting new projects on the edges of the square showing how the West End has flourished and grown around this elegant oasis of historic Georgian architecture.

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Benedict O'Looney is an architect living and working in Peckham. His current work includes restoring the Victorian Peckham Rye Station and building a new wing for the Croydon Mosque. Benedict is on the committee of the Peckham Society and has been campaigning to create a conservation area that recognizes the significance of Peckham’s town centre. Prior to establishing his own practice, Benedict worked for Grimshaw and Alsop Architects, restoring Paddington Station and building the new Bath Spa. He teaches history and sketching at the Canterbury School of Architecture, is a past president of the London Sketch Club and the chair of Southwark’s Conservation Areas Advisory Group.

This event is part of Bedford Square Festival, for the full list of events please visit www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk

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