Bedford Square is named after Bedford House, the ancestral home of the 5th Duke of Bedford. This was knocked down in 1800 and replaced with Georgian housing designed by James Burton.
Various statues stand on the north side, including Charles Fox (leader of the Whig Party in the 1790s) and Richard Westmacott.
Bedford Square used to be home to numerous publishing houses, including Virginia Woolf’s Bodley House, but they all moved out in the nineties.
If you enjoy this then try: Berkeley Square (walk it in 20 mins or catch a train from Tottenham Court Road to Berkeley Square); Bloomsbury (you can walk it in less than 3 mins); Bloomsbury Square (you can walk it in 7 mins); Lincoln’s Inn Fields (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Tottenham Court Road to Lincoln’s Inn Fields) and Russell Square (you can walk it in 6 mins).