Bloomsbury
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This centrally located neighborhood boasts many of London's top attractions such as the British Museum, shopping on Oxford Street, the bright lights of Theatreland, Soho, Holborn and Covent Garden.
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Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
How to get there
  • Russell Square • 4 min walk
  • Goodge St • 7 min walk

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Anthony H
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Bloomsbury used to be a very tranquil understated part of London. Unfortunately in the last few years there’s been an explosion of overseas students attending, especially at the UCL.
The Brunswick Centre at its heart used to have a varied mix of retailers but now it’s full of fast food eateries, bubble tea shops and other stores catering for the predominantly East Asian footfall.
Further more, It’s practically impossible to get an place or peace in one of the old public houses or restaurants anymore as they inundated with students.
This vast influx of students has frankly turned Bloomsbury into a glorified giant university campus and destroyed any charm it used to have.

Written 23 October 2023
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ahendren
Vancouver, Canada333 contributions
Apr 2022
Bloomsbury is filled with park-like Squares situated in the midst of residential buildings and perfect for strolling. The architecture is great and you might stumble across the Foundling Hospital, Charles Dickens museum or home of Virginia Wolfe. Also home of the British Museum and a great place to stay - quiet, close to sites and full of very nice people.
Written 29 April 2022
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
Apr 2021
Bloomsbury is located in the centre of London and is a very stylish area.

There are a number of small parks within Bloomsbury which are surrounded by Georgian style houses. There are quite a few hotels in the area and as the area is in Central London there are lots of buses serving the area and you are never not far from a Tube station.

There are a number of famous former residents of Bloomsbury including Sir Rowland Hill, Charles Dickens and Kenneth Wiliams.

I would recommend taking a walk around the area and discovering the blue plaques on numerous buildings to tell you who lived there in the past.
Written 6 April 2021
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kaynm
Millers, United States6 contributions
Sept 2019
This area surrounds The British Museum and extends around Russell Square in the West End. You can walk to Covent Garden and all the amazing shopping of the area, as well as Trafalgar Square and The British Library. Visit Skoob bookstore, or Waterstone's on your way to Fitzrovia and Bubbledogs for...champagne and a hot dog. Really. It is residential and quiet at night in general, with many cute and relatively inexpensive places to stay, especially around University College London (UCL). Russell Square, Gordon Square, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury Square Garden - every block brings another pretty park, often with charming tea/coffee house (check out Ginger Jules Cafe - storybook!) I feel safe walking around this area at night, and like the convenience of Russell Square Stations and Euston/Euston Square providing access to most underground lines. Lots of nice places to eat, from the fancy to Pret A Manger if you just want to buy a nice sandwich or salad to take away. Some of the fun, cheap eateries are probably due to the student population scattered around Bloomsbury. Charming, quiet, safe, yet convenient for tourist sites if you don't mind the underground.
Written 8 October 2019
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MoMckendrick1
Glasgow, UK59 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
I love, love, love this part of London!! Great pubs, restaurants and museums and all within 15 minutes walk of the west end and Covent Garden. Lucky enough to spend a great number of weekends here throughout the year and love that you can be late - at a show, reception, whatever - and know you can easily hoof it back to Bloomsbury without worrying if you can get a taxi etc. I'm just a lottery win away from living there!!!
Written 6 April 2018
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
In some ways it is a strange area of London. Developed by the Dukes of Bedford around a series of garden squares which today provide green spaces in which to relax, each having its own character, the area is a mixture of original 18th century buildings to 20th and 21th century renewal. At the south it flows into small streets of shops and restaurants south of the British Museum; at the north it flows into major institutions such as Wellcome and UCL hospital in Euston Road.

The historic area houses many cultural institutions, in particular the British Museum, and educational institutions, especially the University of London and its constituent colleges such as Birkbeck and SOAS and University College London which is in the process of renewing an updating its Bloomsbury estate, with the latest buildings being the Bartlett School of Architecture (completed 2017) and the new Student Centre under construction at the moment. In some ways, the area is a museum of it modern and contemporary university architecture, with some fairly Brutalist buildings from the 20th century.

Well worth visiting are the hidden treasures of the area - the UCL museums such as the Zoology museum and the Slade Fine Art Museum and the English church, a unique collaboration of several different churches in a find gothic building, plus Waterstone's university bookshop in Gower Street, along with the Dillon coffee shop.

Around the edges are restaurants and a myriad of hotels including the Russell Hotel which is being refurbished at the current time
Written 5 February 2018
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Sarah Garden
Glasgow, UK1,556 contributions
Jul 2017
Bloomsbury is primarily a well to go residential area surrounded by museums and printing press management. Architecturally it's traditional london brick townhouses for the upper class and it's quaint and classic to explore and walk through. It's a pleasant peaceful area that's nice to stroll through.
Written 13 July 2017
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Roberta Franklin
Holyhead, UK799 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Bloomsbury is a place well-known as chic and literary, and also quite liberal and open-minded in its day. Nowadays it looks a bit old-fashioned, but still very stylish - anyway, it's very close to the academic heart of London, the British Museum and the University of London! The streets are very quiet and dignified, and looking at the entrance doors and the little stairs next to them leading to little doors underneath the main staircases distinctly reminded me of - "Upstairs, Downstairs"...
Written 3 July 2017
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futtock21
London, UK11,618 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
British Museum (been to American pop; should see Hokasai); University of London; Senate House; large academic bookstore once Dillon's now Foyle's or Waterstones; YMCA; nude bisexual novelists and artists around the 1910s and 20s; Virginia Woolf; Vorticits; Brunswick Square shopping centre; Brutalist architecture a la South Bank; Mecklenberg Square; damn good independent cinema (a dying breed, ballyhoo); Victoria House (the Other Art Fair), Cosmoba quaint miniature Italian restaurant; Great Ormind Street Hospital.
Written 1 June 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
Bloomsbury is a residential area noted for its garden squares, literary connections, and numerous cultural, educational and healthcare institutions. The British Museum, University of London's central bodies and departments, and several of its colleges and The institute of Education are located here. Numerous health-care institutions located here include British Medical Association and Great Ormond Street Hospital Notable residents here include J M Barrie, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Charles Darwin and Yeats. A very popular and busy area, it is worth a visit.
Written 17 May 2017
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