London Guide: Ten Things To Do In Bloomsbury London. Escape the maddening crowds of the West End by heading to the tree lined serene streets of beautiful Bloomsbury. This area is home to literature, academia, museums and a generous amount of green public spaces. If you want to relax and soak up the tranquil vibe, you should read my Ten Things To Do In Bloomsbury London.
Lamb’s Conduit Street: WC1N 3NH
Ten Things To Do In Bloomsbury London List
10 Things To Do In Bloomsbury London
1. Sit yourself down on a bench in one of the public squares
2. Let the kids frolic in Coram’s Fields
3. Discover more about human history, art and culture at the British Museum
4. Celebrate by booking a table at the spectacular London Cabaret Club
5. Shop and stop off for coffee and deli delights on Lamb’s Conduit Street
6. Sort out your life at The School of Life on Marchmont Street
7. Release your inner child at Pollock’s Toy Museum
8. Photographers should visit the Camera Museum and Café
9. Shop, eat and watch a movie at the Brutalist Brunswick Centre
10. Treat yourself to afternoon tea or a cupcake at Bea’s of Bloomsbury
Ten Things To Do In Bloomsbury London Details
1. Public Squares: This area has an abundance of green spaces which are open to the public. Take your pick from Bloomsbury Square, Russell Square, Bedford Square, Tavistock Square, Gordon Square and Queen Square. Russell Square is the largest with a popular Italian café.
Russell Square: WC1B 5BG
2. Coram’s Fields: Take advantage of this large patch of green space in central London which spans seven acres. Your kids can enjoy the playground sand pit and pets’ corner while you take it easy relaxing on a bench.
Coram’s Fields: 93 Guildford Street, WC1N 1DN
3. British Museum: With eight million works and artefacts to view, you’ll need to schedule a chunk of time to delve into the British Empire. The surrounding streets have interesting shops to explore selling fossils, contemporary ceramic and tartan clothing. There are plenty of Korean and Japanese eateries in the vicinity. Other museums in Bloomsbury which may be of interest include The Foundling Museum, The Grant Museum of Zoology, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Museum of Comedy. Anyone with a penchant for underground and avant garde media should visit The Horse Hospital to see an exhibition or attend an event (they are under threat of closure due to an increase in rent so please show your support). The Dickens Museum is close by should you love this author.
British Museum: Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
4. London Cabaret Club: If you have a celebration there is no better place to book than this club. The current show is Hats, Heels and Horses, which is a British blast of singing and dancing with some acrobatics. It’s Strictly Come Dancing meets Ascot so expect slick dance steps and beautiful big hats. Homeboy and I were invited to see this show which was very exciting. The production is classy starring West End pros with original choreography and uplifting music. Combined with a delicious three-course meal, we had a fabulous time. Packages start at £35 and go up to £165. If you spend more you get a five course meal and meet the performers. Make sure you book your tickets now, you’ll love it!
London Cabaret Club: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA
5. Lamb’s Conduit Street: If you want to browse independent boutiques and men’s fashion stores, you’ll love this picturesque road. With delightful delicatessen style eateries like La Fromagerie, the artisan cheese monger, you can eat on the street and watch the world go by. Buy groceries from The People’s Supermarket which sells food from local suppliers to keep the prices down. Visit Persephone Book Shop which reprints neglected female writers from the mid-twentieth century. Pop into the Pentreath and Hall interiors shop on Rugby Street which is very close.
La Fromagerie: 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL
6. The School of Life and Marchmont Street: Visit the School of Life shop where you can buy gifts to improve your lifestyle. Enrol on one of the courses which will help you realise your dreams and feel more confident. Marchmont Street has some adorable eateries and health food shops so is worth exploring.
School of Life: 70 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB
7. Pollock’s Toy Museum: What a magical place this is to visit. You can marvel at the Victorian toy collection which comprises of dolls, teddies, doll houses and puppets.
Pollock’s Toy Museum: 1 Scala Street, W1T 2HL
8. Camera Museum and Café: This is a fun place to investigate if you’re a keen photographer. Upstairs there is a retro style café serving toasted panini sandwiches and beverages. For the bargain price of £1 you can go down to the basement and view the small camera exhibition.
Camera Museum and Café: 44 Museum Street, WC1A 1LY
9. Brunswick Centre: This shopping centre looks out of place in the area because of the concrete brutalist architecture. It houses a large Waitrose along with chain stores and restaurants. The Curzon Cinema has won a BAFTA Award and is considered one of London’s cinematic institutions. If you enjoy reading, locate Skoob Books which has a wide selection of second-hand academic books, particularly Philosophy.
Brunswick Centre: Bernard Street, WC1N 1BS
10. Bea’s of Bloomsbury: Catch up with a friend at this cute cake parlour where you can leave your healthy eating at the door.
Bea’s of Bloomsbury: 72 Russell Square, WC1B 5BA
Ten Things To Do In Bloomsbury London Information
Bloomsbury is situated in the West End of London (WC1). It has a relaxed feel thanks to the beautiful historic houses and tree lined streets. It’s a pretty place to walk through if you want to escape the busy roads which boarder this area. Bloomsbury is associated with literature, arts, medicine and education which is home to a number of Universities and Academic buildings. The Bloomsbury Group of artists associated to Virginia Woolf used to meet up in houses during the 1900s. Bloomsbury Publishing, famous for Harry Potter, is located at Bedford Square.
Fushan Japanese Restaurant: 44 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1ES
Interesting streets to locate besides the ones I’ve already mentioned are Great Russell Street, Little Russel Street and Museum Street which are near the British Museum. You will find some quirky shops and a smattering of Korean and Japanese eateries in the vicinity.
Store Street: WC1E 7BT
Store Street is off Tottenham Court Road which has Store Street Espresso, The Life Goodness Deli and Café Deco plus other eateries. A relaxed place to wander around is Malet Street near Birkbeck University. Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market is held in Torrington Square on Thursdays 9am-2pm.
Birkbeck University: Malet Street, WC1E 7HX
You can reach Bloomsbury by travelling to Russell Square, Holborn, Kings Cross, Goodge Street and other stations. Enjoy your visit.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for visiting with me. Disclosure: London Cabaret Club gave us two tickets to view the show with a meal included.
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