Thurloe Square, SW7

Road in/near South Kensington, existing between the 1820s and now

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Thurloe Square is a traditional garden square in South Kensington.


The square is named after John Thurloe, an advisor of Oliver Cromwell, who owned the land in the seventeenth century.

A godson - John Alexander - of his descendant, Harris Brace developed the area in the 1820s.

There are private communal gardens in the centre of the square for use by the local residents.


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South Kensington

South Kensington is a London Underground station in Kensington, west London. It is served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines.

It is hard to define boundaries for South Kensington, but it is generally talking about the commercial area around the tube station. The smaller centre around Gloucester Road station can also be considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road, which includes such famous names as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal College of Music.

Large numbers of French, Spanish and Italian citizens live in the area. A significant French presence is evidenced by the location of the consulate, the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle - a large French secondary school opposite the Natural History Museum - and the French Institute, home to a French cinema. There are also several French bookshops in the area.
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