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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Neighborhood: 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 October 23, 2023
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graceNorthCarolina
north carolina3 contributions
What a wonderful quaint neighborhood. We were within walking distance of Covent Gardens, Piccadilly Circus, the British Museum.
I felt safe walking the streets.
When I go back to London I will be checking into a hotel in Bloomsbury. If you are looking for a busy, modern, and hectic neighborhood, this isn't it.
Written July 15, 2004
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Resort22018
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My friend and I took a walk through Bloomsbury on a pleasant day in early April and were a bit disappointed by this neighborhood. Our route took us from the fantastic Biritsh Library to the superlative British Museum. Some of the areas were very attractive, but others were a bit worn around the edges. The Univ. of London campus was neither interesting nor attractive.
Written April 21, 2004
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AndyWildman
Le Dorat, France608 contributions
Jul 2012
Bloomsbury has its own quiet atmosphere. Marchmont Street is nice with good shops including the long-established Gays The Word, the Brunswick Centre with great cafes and the Lamb pub on Lamb's Conduit Street which is very Victorian. See the outside of the famous Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and go up to St Pancras. The British Museum is here and there is some Brutalist 1960s architecture just off Russell Square. If you like the famous Carry On films there are some plaques to Kenneth Williams.
Written August 17, 2012
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DickensFan
NYC27 contributions
A wonderful area just to walk around. And don't forget to stop by the Dickens House Museum, at 48 Doughty Street, where Charles Dickens penned part of "Pickwick Papers" as well as "Oliver Twist" and "Nicholas Nickleby."
Written May 1, 2008
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Wanderlust Is Real
Istanbul324 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
This is where a lot of very famous literary figures have lived including Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf. British Museum and Charles Dickens Museum and University of London are three main attractions that everyone should see. It's a great neighborhood with a lot of nice restaurants and eateries. If you need a break, make sure to stop by at Russell Square Park.
Written July 11, 2013
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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 April 6, 2018
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Mark M
Toronto542 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
It's the neighbourhood where lots of people walking around are students or professors connected with the University of London. Where there are some good restaurants with prices that are not outrageous. Some shopping (the Brunswick) not as posh as Knightsbridge. A nice mix of hotels. Places to see, like The British Museum, and the Foundling Museum. Easy to get to, with the Russell Square tube stop. A great base in London.
Written April 3, 2015
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Shekeeb S
39 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
A well located section of central London, carefully perched in the corner of the West (north-west) end and bordering on the more lively bustle of Camden and Kings Cross. There are many options for short stays and longer lets including many youth and student hostels and studio apartments. I had a short stay near the Brunswick place market which gave easy access to Russell square, Euston and St Pancras stations. Rental is ~25% more than outerly Zone 2 suburbs but if you look out for deals on rightmove or on Airbnb, you're sure to find an option that suits your budget and requirements. Many people recommended the indian ymca but I couldn't get a booking for my dates.
Written March 21, 2015
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RaresFabian
London, UK12 contributions
if you are looking foraplacetorelax or stay in london, however you hate noise and crouds this is the place you want to spend your time.
amazing and beautiful.
i can only recommend this place as a top quiet london area
Written September 18, 2014
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