A locals' guide to WC1
"The restaurants along Charlotte Street are a great place to sit in the sunshine, watching the world go by..."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..."James Blackler
"With all the shops and restaurants, sometimes you forget that there are some beautiful residential properties around Charlotte Street."Charles Cutting
Where do WC1 locals go?
My Old Dutch
The best place for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday - or any day of the year for that matter!
Submitted by Alex
The Zetter Townhouse
Amazing cocktails - especially the Twinkles recommended by the waiter - impressive service, great atmosphere and a quirky, eccentric interior.
Submitted by Nicola
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
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
An Antipodean cafe moments from Oxford Circus serving delicious coffee and a weekly changing menu of tasty food.
Submitted by Amelia
Bohemian cafes and shops with a relaxed vibe - the brightly painted frontages add to the quirky nature of this delightful central back street.
Submitted by Amelia
Happy hour 4-9pm every day, which makes this place super cheap and cheerful for central London!
Submitted by Kevin
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
Quirky small plates, an amazing concept and an atmosphere to match. Go with friends and try a new experimental food experience...
Submitted by Zahra
Fraq's Lobster Shack
Amazing lobster rolls and an even better location in a buzzing area just off Charlotte Street.
Submitted by Zahra
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
The best authentic pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, served whole or by the slice.
Submitted by Hayley
As well as an intimate, homely atmosphere, the pizzas are delicious and very very affordable, starting at only £5!
Submitted by Daisy
Why do you find WC1 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 WC1?
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 WC1
Messy PlayBedford House Community Centre
This is a chance for kids to get their hands a bit messy! It's also a good opportunity to run around, make noise, and have lots of fun in a social environment. Website
Parent and Toddler Drop-InCalthorp 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 ClubYMCA 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
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
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
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
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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