Travel Guide of Bloomsbury, London for: Ambassadors Bloomsbury Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Bloomsbury, London, England

Bloomsbury Summary

Pros

  • Young, lively area where the University College London is located
  • Home to The British Museum, the Dickens Museum, and the Foundling Museum
  • Historic churches and numerous garden squares
  • Birthplace of the Bloomsbury Group, a 20th-century literary and artistic society
  • Some areas are within walking distance of Soho and Covent Garden
  • Several budget-friendly hotel options

Cons

  • Fewer shopping options than in neighborhoods such as Knightsbridge and Marylebone

What It's Like

Bloomsbury, a young, lively area in the West End, is often referred to as the academic heart of London; not only is it home to University College London, but it is also the birthplace and namesake of the Bloomsbury Group, a 20th-century literary and artistic society members such as Virginia Woolf. Though most students live outside of the neighborhood, they can be seen wandering the streets and chatting in Bloomsbury Square. Bloomsbury is conveniently located within walking distance of Soho's restaurants and nightclubs and Covent Garden's markets.

Bloomsbury is home to several museums. The largest and best known is probably the British Museum, but the Dickens Museum and the Foundling Museum are interesting museums as well.

Where to Stay

Though hotel prices aren't nearly as high as in neighborhoods such as Mayfair and St. James, Bloomsbury has several high-end hotels, as well as some budget-friendly options. Staying toward the southwestern border allows guests to be within walking distance of Soho and Covent Garden.  

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Facts

Languages:

English

Airports:

Heathrow Airport

Peak:

April - June

Visa:

Yes, for nationalities included in the Visa nationals list

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

British pound

Electricity:

230 V, 50 Hz

Tipping:

Not expected, but 10-15% is appreciated for good service

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