Sought-after central location – upmarket amenities and stunning garden squares
"A rich vein of restaurants and cafes...I love walking down Charlotte Street without a reservation and dropping in to any place that takes my fancy..."James Blackler
"The restaurants along Charlotte Street are a great place to sit in the sunshine, watching the world go by..."Alex Fleet
"With all the shops and restaurants, sometimes you forget that there are some beautiful residential properties around Charlotte Street."Charles Cutting
Where do Bloomsbury locals go?
They do amazing salads that fill you up, while still feeling nice and healthy. And their cold-pressed juices are superb...
Submitted by George
An exceptional cycling gym, where you can achieve so much in an hour and you feel like you are in a club as the music is awesome!
Submitted by Zahra
Quirky small plates, an amazing concept and an atmosphere to match. Go with friends and try a new experimental food experience...
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Crazy Bear Fitzrovia
A really cool bar with a great atmosphere for stylish cocktails. It's certainly one to impress friends or a date! They also do Japanese food in the restaurant.
Submitted by Olivia
A hidden gem gym at the top of the Plaza Shopping Centre. It's been the setting for a few famous ITV film shoots and has an excellent double gym class session on a Sunday morning!
Submitted by Kayleigh
DoubleTree by Hilton
Great for family or group dinners. Looks very classy and the food is delicious. Voucher deals are always available. If you think you can't afford the Hilton, think again!
Submitted by Trish
If you ever want an alternative night out in central London, then this is the place to go. Bowling, karaoke and a club, all in one.
Submitted by Daisy
An Antipodean cafe moments from Oxford Circus serving delicious coffee and a weekly changing menu of tasty food.
Submitted by Amelia
Fraq's Lobster Shack
Amazing lobster rolls and an even better location in a buzzing area just off Charlotte Street.
Submitted by Zahra
This rustic Italian restaurant and wine bar has a cosy atmosphere. It's a great place for a family get together or an intimate date.
Submitted by Aicha
My Old Dutch
The best place for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday - or any day of the year for that matter!
Submitted by Alex
Best seafood in town on the Fitzrovia coastline... Let the smell draw you in!
Submitted by Jack
The Zetter Townhouse
Amazing cocktails - especially the Twinkles recommended by the waiter - impressive service, great atmosphere and a quirky, eccentric interior.
Submitted by Nicola
The coolest coffee shop and cocktail bar in town! It's just a stones throw from Holborn Underground Station and serves proper coffee.
Submitted by Stuart
Why do you find Bloomsbury a great place to live?
"I am so happy to call Bloomsbury my home after watching it transform over the past few years from dull and in need of some TLC to buzzing and homely. The diversity of people that live in the area really adds to the nice atmosphere. I appreciate how i can be right in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world, yet turn off a main road in to a quiet and well tended to street, for example Lambs Conduit Street, whi... more
"Bloomsbury is self-contained, accessible from different parts of central London. Wide range of restaurants available."
"An eclectic mix of history, literary associations, and bohemian edge - but all within walking distance of great shops, cafes, museums and theatres. Fantastic transport links make thus the very best London 'village'."
"Bloomsbury has it all! The proximity to central London and yet has a close-knit community feel at the same time. All of Londons' best eateries at your doorstep, as well as shopping centres, museums and of course the transport links to take your all over London in no time."
"Great transport links. Nice good size park around for running. Great access to shops, gyms, restaurants. Safe, clean."
What do you like about Bloomsbury?
Did you know?
"British Philosopher Jeremy Bentham was determined to live on beyond his death in 1832. He had his skeleton preserved and padded out with hay and then finally dressed in his clothes, so that he could be displayed to his friends and peers."
Child-friendly activities near Bloomsbury
Swimming LessonsCentral YMCA
The classes are taught to enhance the child's confidence in the water by utilising age appropriate practices to promote aquatic skills. Classes are taught along the criteria for the successful ASA Duckling awards. Children start with an adult in the water but when ready can progress to being in the water only with a teacher. Website
Toddler FCCentral YMCA
Kick-start your child's football skills with our energetic sessions designed to improve technique and fitness led by our qualified football coaches. Website
JEMS TuitionCoram's Fields
Junior English, Maths & Science Tuition is dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential. We are an independent group of qualified teachers who seek to instil the love and enthusiasm that we have for English, Maths and ScienceWe motivate students to become independent learners whose knowledge is based on solid foundations. Website
Parent and Toddler Drop in for the under 5Bedford House
Bedford House is a really good resource for the under five's community in Central London. Even if you do not live close enough to utilise the facility regularly, keep it in the back of your mind for a day trip to do the British Museum. Website
Family Art SessionsOctober Gallery
The Family Programme at October Gallery has run successful family art sessions that use international art, multi-sensory activities and storytelling. Our FREE sessions run from 10am-11.30am on Saturday once a month and are suitable for Under 5s and older siblings. Website
Under Five Drop-InCoram's Fields Children's Centre
Corams's Fields is in the heart of London and is close to the British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Foundling Museum and the Charles Dickens Museum and is within reach of many more of central London's attractions. The Under 5s universal drop in runs free of charge every weekday, alongside many other scheduled activites for under 5s. The programme can be found on the Coram's Fields website. Website
Bangladeshi under 5s Drop-InCoram Parents Centre
Set in the peaceful grounds of Collingham Gardens, our drop-ins are funded by Camden Council. Drop-in for Bangladeshi families and their children. Website
Bloomsbury is an area of central London between Euston Road and Holborn, developed by the Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries into a fashionable residential area. It is notable for its array of garden squares, literary connections (exemplified by the Bloomsbury Group), and numerous hospitals and academic institutions. While Bloomsbury was not the first area of London to have acquired a formal square, Bloomsbury Square, laid out in 1660 by Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton as Southampton Square, was the first square to be named as such. Bloomsbury is home to the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the British Medical Association. It is also home to the University of London's Senate House Library, its central departments (including the School of Advanced Study), and several of its colleges (University College London, Birkbeck, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Oriental and African Studies and the Royal Veterinary College).
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