Torrington Square

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View of Torrington Square.
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Armillary sphere sundial outside Birkbeck College in Torrington Square, unveiled on 12 June 2008 by Princess Anne to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of London External System.

Torrington Square is a square in Bloomsbury, owned by the University of London, located in central London, England. Today it is a square in name only, most of the houses having been demolished by the university. The southern end of the square is dominated by the University of London's Senate House. Birkbeck College and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are located here. To the southwest is Malet Street and to the southeast is Russell Square. The square is the site of a weekly farmers' market, held on Thursdays.

Notable people

John Desmond Bernal lived in a flat at the top of no. 22. In November 1950, Pablo Picasso, a fellow communist, en route to a Soviet-sponsored World Peace Congress in Sheffield created a mural in Bernal's flat. In 2007, this became part of the Wellcome Trust's collection<ref name = "Picasso">night that Picasso was a little plastered, The Times, 2 April 2007.</ref><ref name="Picasso2">Picasso goes on show in London at Wellcome Collection, Culture24, UK, 14 January 2008.</ref> for £250,000. It was displayed at the 2012 Tate Britain exhibition on Picasso and Modern British Art.

See also

Other squares on the Bedford Estate in Bloomsbury included:

  • Bedford Square
  • Bloomsbury Square
  • Gordon Square
  • Russell Square
  • Tavistock Square
  • Woburn Square


  • Steen Eiler Rasmussen, London, the Unique City.



External links

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