Open House Festival

Working class spaces of Bloomsbury


St George the Martyr, 44 Queen Square, WC1N 3AH

This tour will explore a working class view of Bloomsbury through the stories, famous names and classic British films associated with the neighbourhood over the past 60 years, with a special focus on theatrical, film and television personalities.

Getting there


Holborn, Russell Square


Euston, King's Cross, St. Pancras



Golden Key Academy

This tour is led by a participant of Open City’s Golden Key Academy – a course training up insightful and engaging guides dedicated to explaining London and bringing its many stories to life. It is part of a wider collection of tour events created by Golden Key Academy guides for the Open House Festival celebrating their conclusion of the eight month course.

Further information on the Golden Key Academy can be found here


This tour led by Zoe Harmer explores a lesser known side of one of London’s most glamorous neighbourhoods. Who were the people behind the squares and rows of Bloomsbury who kept the neighbourhood functioning?

Starting as far back as the 17th century when Bloomsbury was still fields, we will meet a certain "cowboy" property developer who changed that forever. Then, moving into the 18th and 19th centuries, explore how the working class in the area adapted to the wealthy’s flight away from Bloomsbury as urbanisation increased.


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