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Bloomsbury

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Bloomsbury

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therichastill wrote a review 6 Apr
Stevenage, United Kingdom1,259 contributions364 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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kaynm wrote a review Oct 2019
Millers, United States6 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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MoMckendrick1 wrote a review Apr 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom49 contributions48 helpful votes
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!!!
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Ian C wrote a review Feb 2018
London, United Kingdom23,995 contributions1,384 helpful votes
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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
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Sarah Garden wrote a review Jul 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom1,575 contributions214 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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