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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.

Bloomsbury Square

Bloomsbury Square

A beautiful spot to sit in the sunshine!

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!

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

"If you look carefully at the four handmaidens supporting the alcove at St Pancras Church, one can observe that they are strangely out of proportion. This is because they were delivered 12 inches too tall, and the stonemasons reduced their size by removing it from their midriff!"

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

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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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Child-friendly activities near WC1

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

Toddler FC

Central 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

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

New Mum New You

Coram's Fields Children's Centre
New Mum New You A fun and interactive post-natal weight management programme for new mums, with workouts to boost your energy and healthy eating tips for mum and baby. Website

Fives Stay & Play

Coram Family
All parents and children are welcome to come along and enjoy our Under Fives Stay & Play drop-in service, here at Coram. Set in the peaceful grounds of Collingham Gardens, our drop-ins are funded by Camden Council and free for parents and children under five. Website

Tuesday's Meditative Yoga Class

Calthorpe Project
Hi Mums! Stretch out the stress release blockages calm the mind and savour the blissful harmony of your inner being! Classes are gentle accessible and non-competitive based on a combination of asanas (postures) pranayama (breathing exercises) and chakra meditation. All levels welcome. Website

Messy Play

Bedford 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

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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