The Year in London

London through the eyes of an MA student new to the city

Virginia Woolf in London


Virginia Woolf has long been one of my favourite authors. Mrs Dalloway and To The Lighthouse are two novels that I could read over and over again.

During my search to find somewhere to live in London, I passed by two famous squares associated with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. This seemed like a good sign at the time, yet I still came away from London without anywhere to live.

Tavistock Square

A number of  memorials commemorating famous Bloomsbury inhabitants are found here. Virginia Woolf and her husband lived and worked here between 1924 – 1939. There is a sculpture of Virginia in the SW corner of the square, which was made by Stephen Tomlin in 1931.

Gordon Square

This square became the focus of the Bloomsbury group, which first developed around the Stephen family. The Strachey family were also at the heart of the group. Many members of the family lived at No. 41 Gordon Square from 1919 – 1956.

3 thoughts on “Virginia Woolf in London

  1. If you want to know more about Woolf in London, or maybe retrace Clarissa Dalloway’s footsteps, see the ‘Resources’ section of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain: You might also like to keep up with VW news at:

    • Thank you Sarah for making me aware of the Virginia Woolf Soceity. The website as a whole looks fascinating and very thorough. I will enjoy retracing Clarissa Dalloway’s footsteps!

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