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Reviewed April 6, 2018

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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Reviewed February 5, 2018

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

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank sarahdH1110RM
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

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"...

1  Thank binapiraeus
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Reviewed June 1, 2017

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.

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Reviewed May 17, 2017

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.

1  Thank nellielim
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Reviewed April 15, 2017

Thie mixed-residential area, private high-celing and 2-bed leaseholds can be intoxictaing to be here
The upgrade of the Brunswick Square is most welcome as well as the usual haunts of Russell Square and the odd narrow street with hidden gems, but the council has let some areas get much more dirty this century

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Reviewed June 20, 2016

This is a great location to spend time in while in London. The British Museum is central to it and this influences the style and type of shops around it. It's very popular and famous and will be well-recognised from films and TV.

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Reviewed February 8, 2016

Bloomsbury is a happening area of the city of London. There are shops, restaurants and many of the city's greatest attractions. The traffic, therefore, is a challenge to deal with. Know what to expect...if you can cope with the traffic, Bloomsbury is the place to go.

2  Thank AAHolt
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Reviewed January 21, 2016

It doesn't matter if you visit in the winter or summer as this square always has tourists and locals. The favourite pastime seems to be feeding of the squirrels who are only to happy to come up to you if you have any nuts for them. The fountains are a good feature as you can just sit and chill out. Despite being a lot of traffic around the square, this can be a haven of tranquillity.

1  Thank michael k
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