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Bloomsbury Area Guide
Bloomsbury is a cultural hotspot for book lovers, intellectuals and art fanatics. The central London area is home to some of the capital’s greatest museums and universities, not to mention impressive architecture and leafy squares. It is a popular destination for domestic and international academics, lawyers and doctors.
Bloomsbury is a small residential area in central London situated in the thriving Borough of Camden. It is bordered by Euston Road and Theobald’s Road / Bloomsbury Way in the north and south respectively, Tottenham Court Road in the west and Gray’s Inn Road to the east.
Although it is only a small area, Bloomsbury is packed full of cultural delights as well as impressive architecture. Victorian terrace houses sit alongside gorgeous Georgian townhouses, Edwardian mansion blocks and modern apartments. These residences provide the ideal mix of historic character in a quiet, village-like location in the heart of the capital.
The History of Bloomsbury
In 1661, the 4th Earl of Southampton obtained a license to build on the land between his home, Southampton House and High Holborn. Around the sides of his mansion, he left space for the construction of a residential square, the result was Southampton Square, now known as Bloomsbury Square.
The Earl of Southampton then obtained a license to hold a market in Bloomsbury Square; by 1666 this was held four times a week, selling meat and fish.
During the 1700s, Bloomsbury became a respectable and enviable address. The proximity to the Inns of Court attracted lawyers, doctors and other wealthy families to the classical mansion blocks in the area.
In the first half of the 20th century, Bloomsbury became known for its literary greats, in particular members of the Bloomsbury Group; such as Virginia Woolf and E.M Forster, from which the publishing house takes its name.
With the best of London close by, the appeal of Bloomsbury, with its eclectic mix of architecture and quaint individual nature, has continued to this day.
Living in Bloomsbury
An established residential district and a world-renowned cultural hub, Bloomsbury is still influenced by literature and education. There are plenty of things to do in Bloomsbury.
- Visit the British Museum to learn about history and culture
- See the University College London, Bloomsbury is very popular with domestic and international students, tourists and academics
- Indulge in some retail therapy at the Grade II Listed Brunswick Centre
- Visit the head office of the internationally renowned Bloomsbury Publishing company – famed for publishing the Harry Potter series
- Marvel at the vast array of houses and apartments with views over quiet squares and quaint streets
- Enjoy some green space at St George’s Gardens
- Sample some of the cuisine at one of the many restaurants in Bloomsbury such as Grade II Listed pub, The Lamb or The Bloomsbury Club Bar
- Meander along the leafy green streets of Russell and Bedford Squares
With its quiet squares and quaint streets, lined by independent shops and cafés, Bloomsbury is an oasis in the heart of the capital. It’s no wonder buying and renting in Bloomsbury is so popular. To learn more about this desirable residential area, packed full of cultural delights, read our London borough comprehensive guide.
Bloomsbury is centrally located, within a short walk of both the West End and City.
- Warren Street
- Goodge Street
- Russell Square
- Tottenham Court Road
- King's Cross
- St Pancras