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London area of Bloomsbury guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Bloomsbury neighbourhood

The cool white garden squares and wide streets of Bloomsbury have been a pull to thinkers for centuries, and it sometimes seems like every second house has a blue plaque denoting that a great writer, scientist or philosopher once inhabited the building. It was in Bloomsbury that Karl Marx created communism, Virginia Woolf defined the twentieth century British novel, and Charles Darwin first conceived the theory of natural selection. The imposing bulk of the British Museum, home to seven millennia of human art and artefacts, dominates the area, and there are plenty of other academic institutions including Birkbeck College, the beautiful University of London Library, and RADA, London's grandest drama school. There are a number of hotels just a stone's throw from the British Museum, which offer peaceful surroundings and easy access to the West End.

See our recommended nearby Bloomsbury Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

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Hotels near Bloomsbury

Near Bloomsbury
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury London

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

from 21 27% off
Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT 2 minutes away from Bloomsbury

This is a smart, modern hotel located in one of the Capital's oldest and most beautiful areas. Bloomsbury is a great place to stay since it's ...More

Hotel Russell London London

Hotel Russell London

from 68 38% off
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5BE 2 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The Hotel Russell is a huge Victorian pile with stately art deco reception rooms and luxurious accommodation. The opulent public areas have recently undergone a £20 ...More

Bloomsbury Park Hotel London London

Bloomsbury Park Hotel London

from 50 41% off
Southampton Row, London, WC1B 5AD 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The gorgeous Victorian building that houses the Thistle Bloomsbury Park is tall enough to offer great views of London from the top rooms. Located between the ...More

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Events near Bloomsbury

Near Bloomsbury
Make A Token: Workshop London

Make A Token: Workshop

Today Only
Dates: Saturday 1st August 2015 at 10.30am-12noon, 1pm-2.30pm and 2.30pm-4pm
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AZ 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Create your own clay token using traditional sculptural techniques....More

Geoffrey Preston: Lines Of Beauty London

Geoffrey Preston: Lines Of Beauty

Ongoing
Dates: 4th June to 6th September 2015 - Various Times
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AZ 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

A review of the 400-year-old tradition of decorative plasterwork, from the Rococo splendour of the Foundling Hospital Court Room to the contemporary designs of master craftsman ...More

Midnight A Go-Go: A Night Dedicated To The 1980s London

Midnight A Go-Go: A Night Dedicated To The 1980s

On Soon
Dates: Friday 14th August and Friday 18th September 2015 - 9pm-3am
Bloomsbury Lanes, Basement of Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9EU 4 minutes away from Bloomsbury

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Entertainment near Bloomsbury

Near Bloomsbury
The Horse Hospital London
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The Horse Hospital

30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1HX 1 minutes away from Bloomsbury

As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ...More

Curzon Bloomsbury London
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Curzon Bloomsbury

The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW 1 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The arthouse Renoir Cinema underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 by The Curzon Cinema Group. Reopening as the Curzon Bloomsbury, the new name pays homage to ...More

Bloomsbury Theatre London
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Bloomsbury Theatre

15 Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, WC1H 0AH 9 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Owned and part-funded by University College London, the Bloomsbury was completed in 1968 on the site of a bomb-damaged church. The years have not been kind ...More

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Sights and Attractions near Bloomsbury

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Bloomsbury
Russell Square London
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Russell Square

Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE 2 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The grade II listed Russell Square is a large green space located within the Bloomsbury district with its own cafe, overlooked by the Hotel Russell and ...More

Coram's Fields London
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Coram's Fields

93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1DN 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Coram's Fields is a special place for children where adults are allowed in only if accompanied by a child. Tucked away in the city centre it ...More

The Foundling Museum London
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The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AZ 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ...More

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Shopping near Bloomsbury

The best shops and markets near Bloomsbury
School of Life London
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School of Life

70 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AB 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The School of Life offers so much more than your average shopping experience. In fact, it doesn't do it justice to label it a mere shop ...More

Gay's the Word London
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Gay's the Word

66 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AB 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

A broad selection of gay and lesbian interest books ranging from fiction, through biography, travel and counselling. Magazines and cards are also on offer....More

Alara Wholefoods London
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Alara Wholefoods

58 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AB 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Alara Wholefoods Health shop on Marchmont Street has been recommended by one of our readers, poet Kim Morrissey, who took the trouble to write in to ...More

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Restaurants near Bloomsbury

What are the best dining options near Bloomsbury London?
Crussh London
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Crussh

U28 The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW 1 minutes away from Bloomsbury

This chain of juice bars squishes together a delightful variety of flavoursome, healthy drinks. They press fresh juice fruit right in front of you, and blend ...More

Carluccio's London
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Carluccio's

Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AF 1 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Carluccio's are springing up all over the place, from Bluewater to Brent Cross, spreading the gospel of good fresh superior Italian food. Each restaurant is also ...More

Yo! Sushi London
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Yo! Sushi

Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AE 2 minutes away from Bloomsbury

For anyone who needs a fast, healthy lunch Yo! Sushi is the place to go. Its conveyor belt service means you've always got plenty of choice, ...More

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Pubs near Bloomsbury

The best pubs near London Bloomsbury.
Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub London
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Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub

1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3AR 2 minutes away from Bloomsbury

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The Lamb London
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The Lamb

94 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3LZ 4 minutes away from Bloomsbury

On the peaceful, pedestrianised Lamb's Conduit Street, hidden behind an 18th century facade, is The Lamb, a beautifully preserved Grade II listed Victorian pub. The pub ...More

Duke (of York) London
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Duke (of York)

7 Roger Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 2PB 6 minutes away from Bloomsbury

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Nightlife near Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
The Perseverance London
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The Perseverance

63 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3NB 4 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Formerly run by Billy Drew (who has opened The Chippy in Soho), The Perseverance in Lamb's Conduit Street re-opened in April 2007 under new management. It's ...More

Scarfes Bar London
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Scarfes Bar

252 High Holborn, Holborn, Bloomsbury, WC1V 7EN 7 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Named after the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe (whose characterful illustrations will adorn the bar's walls), Scarfes Bar is a shining beacon in the otherwise lacking High Holborn ...More

The London Cocktail Club - Shaftesbury Avenue London
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The London Cocktail Club - Shaftesbury Avenue

224a Shaftesbury Avenue, Bloomsbury, WC2H 8EB 9 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The London Cocktail Club is a members bar but - luckily for us - it's not a very exclusive one; it's free ...More

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Leisure near Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
All Star Lanes, Bloomsbury London
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All Star Lanes, Bloomsbury

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA 6 minutes away from Bloomsbury

This fun bowling alley and restaurant is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other. ...More

Ted's Grooming Room & Ottoman Lounge London
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Ted's Grooming Room & Ottoman Lounge

31 Theobalds Road, Bloomsbury, WC1X 8SP 6 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Inspired by the skills and techniques of the Ottoman Empire's barbers, Ted's Grooming Room provides a sanctuary for men seeking the perfect shave. With ...More

Dolphin Swimming Club London
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Dolphin Swimming Club

U of L Pool, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HY 7 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Swimming lessons for children and aquaphobic adults. This is one of the more popular swimming schools in London, and one of the most long-running, with over ...More

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Education near Bloomsbury

Near Bloomsbury
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1H 0XG 5 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is among the best schools for the studies of foreign cultures and languages in the world. In fact, ...More

The Method Studio London
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The Method Studio

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, WC1R 4RL 6 minutes away from Bloomsbury

Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ...More

The Place London
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The Place

17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9PY 7 minutes away from Bloomsbury

London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees ...More

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Meeting venue hire near Bloomsbury

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Bloomsbury.
The Foundling Museum London
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The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AZ 3 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ...More

British Museum London
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British Museum

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG 6 minutes away from Bloomsbury

If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ...More

Friends House London
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Friends House

173-177 Euston Road, Bloomsbury, NW1 2BJ 9 minutes away from Bloomsbury

The historic headquarters of Quakers in Britain, Friends House in Euston has 23 function rooms including a large Meeting Hall which seats up to 1,100 guests. ...More

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