Tavistock Square reopened after £280,000 restoration

Duchess of Bedford cuts the ribbon at Tavistock Square
Image caption The Duchess of Bedford officially unveils the restored Tavistock Square

One of London's finest squares has been restored to its former glory following a refurbishment.

A celebration to unveil the £280,000 project was held in Tavistock Square, which had railings repaired, lawns returfed, and four flower beds added as part of the restoration.

The square's centrepiece - a statute of Mahatma Gandhi - has also been cleaned.

Most of the project funding comes from contributions collected by Camden Council from developers.

The square was one of the sites of the 7 July 2005 bomb attacks. Thirteen people were killed there when a device exploded on a bus.

Virginia Woolf

The square was developed in the 1820s by the builder Thomas Cubitt and is part of an estate owned by the Dukes of Bedford.

The Duchess of Bedford officially opened the restored square at a ceremony, which was also attended by local councillors and representatives of the Friends of Tavistock Square.

A representative of the High Commission of India, which funded the cleaning of Gandhi's stature, also attended.

Tavistock Square's other features include a memorial to conscientious objectors, a bust of Virginia Woolf and a cherry tree commemorating the victims of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

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