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Bloomsbury Bowling

Bloomsbury Bowling

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.

The Zetter Townhouse

The Zetter Townhouse

Amazing cocktails - especially the Twinkles recommended by the waiter - impressive service, great atmosphere and a quirky, eccentric interior.

My Old Dutch

My Old Dutch

The best place for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday - or any day of the year for that matter!

DoubleTree by Hilton

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!

Bloomsbury Square

Bloomsbury Square

A beautiful spot to sit in the sunshine!

Kaffeine

Kaffeine

An Antipodean cafe moments from Oxford Circus serving delicious coffee and a weekly changing menu of tasty food.

Neal's Yard

Neal's Yard

Bohemian cafes and shops with a relaxed vibe - the brightly painted frontages add to the quirky nature of this delightful central back street.

The Crobar

The Crobar

Happy hour 4-9pm every day, which makes this place super cheap and cheerful for central London!

Crazy Bear Fitzrovia

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.

Bobo Social

Bobo Social

Quirky small plates, an amazing concept and an atmosphere to match. Go with friends and try a new experimental food experience...

Fraq's Lobster Shack

Fraq's Lobster Shack

Amazing lobster rolls and an even better location in a buzzing area just off Charlotte Street.

Psycle

Psycle

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!

Homeslice

Homeslice

The best authentic pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, served whole or by the slice.

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims

As well as an intimate, homely atmosphere, the pizzas are delicious and very very affordable, starting at only £5!

The Masons Arms

The Masons Arms

Traditional inside and out, this flower adorned local pub is in a great spot for Regent's Park.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Bloomsbury, Euston, Fitzrovia, Holborn, Soho, Covent Garden, Marylebone, Regent's Park, King's Cross and West End

"In 1814, there was an explosion at the Horse Shoe Brewery on the corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. A seven metre high vat of beer exploded causing a blast that could be heard five miles away, smashing through other vats and creating a sea of 1.25 million litres of beer. It was so bad that eight people drowned."

The restaurants along Charlotte Street are a great place to sit in the sunshine, watching the world go by...

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Alex Fleet

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...

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James Blackler

With all the shops and restaurants, sometimes you forget that there are some beautiful residential properties around Charlotte Street.

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  1. 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, which is filled with lovely little boutique shops and friendly coffee shops. Not only this but the parks in the area are so beautiful, i feel privileged to spend an afternoon just reading and walking my dog in the summer. After being spoiled by what this area has to offer i couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

  2. Bloomsbury is self-contained, accessible from different parts of central London. Wide range of restaurants available.

  3. 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'.

  4. 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.

  5. Great transport links. Nice good size park around for running. Great access to shops, gyms, restaurants. Safe, clean.

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JEMS Tuition

Coram'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 5

Bedford 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

Parent and Toddler Drop-In

Calthorp Project
Our drop in is open to all parents and carers and children aged under 5. You will get a warm welcome from Teresa Molano, our Drop In Manager who will introduce you to the other parents and offer you a cup of tea. We offer gardening, cooking, painting, play dough and lots more. Pop in for a visit, you'll have a great time! Website

Saturday Club

YMCA Club
An energetic start to the weekend is something we all need - adults and children alike. Our Saturday Club is a fabulous way for your children to get fit, be creative and socialise, ensuring they have a stimulating start to their Saturdays. Suitable for children aged 4 to 12, among the activities on offer are swimming, trampolining, basketball, indoor football, pottery, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and capoeira. Give your child something fun to do for the weekend! Website

Calthorphe Project Drop Ins Session

Calthorp Project
Little Green Fingers gardening for under fives daily drop in for parents/carers and early years. Have a cup of tea and chat with other parents and join in with the range of activities. We are a gated garden for children with bikes and buggies as well as growing space. Indoors we have a reading corner, dressing up clothes and lots of toys for children to play with. Website

Swimming Lessons

Central 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

YMCA Club with creche

YMCA Club
Enjoy your own workout, have a dip in the pool or take five and relax in peace with a coffee while your little one is in safe hands. Our qualified play workers offer stimulating and varied play, in a warm and friendly environment. Website

About WC1

The WC1 postcode district is roughly bounded by Amwell Street, Rosebery Avenue and Gray's Inn Road to the east; New Oxford Street and High Holborn to the south (the boundary with WC2); Tottenham Court Road to the west; and Euston Road and Pentonville Road to the north, and approximately corresponds to the modern district of Bloomsbury, with parts of Holborn, King's Cross and St Pancras. It includes Russell Square, Tavistock Square and Coram's Fields. It is mostly within the London Borough of Camden, although a small part towards the east is within the London Borough of Islington. It includes the British Museum and buildings owned by the federal University of London and its constituent colleges and institutes.

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