Bloomsbury

As a neighborhood that has never grown too big for its breeches, Bloomsbury maintains its village vibe in the midst of central London.

Bloomsbury exudes high culture without pretenses. Known for its array of specialized institutions, Bloomsbury remains mild-mannered despite its cultural bragging rights. We’ll brag for it—the neighborhood gave its name to an influential group of English intellectuals, including Virginia Woolf. Garden squares and Victorian era hotels contribute to the streetscape’s nonchalant beauty, while dairy markets and butchers still populate Bloomsbury’s street corners, lending it a distinctly village feel in the midst of central London.

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On the Map

Bloomsbury is within LB of Camden and bordered by Holborn, Soho, St. Pancras, Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Somers Town, Kings Cross, Clerkenwell, The West End, Islington, and LB of Islington

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 20 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 30 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 65 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 25 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 60 minutes on the tube

Hub of Academic and Medical Institutions

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Bloomsbury is in the centre of London and is home to the University of London and various healthcare facilities, including Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

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Its architecture hints at its rich history and cultural life.

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University of the Arts London is based on High Holborn Street.

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University College London Institute of Neurology is based in Bloomsbury, too.

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Combining a dance school and a performance space, The Place supports movement arts.

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Bloomsbury's location along Holborn Street makes getting across the city easy.

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Hop on a bicycle. You'll enjoy the ride.

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Historically, Bloomsbury is associated with the arts, education and medicine so the area sets a sophisticated and modern atmosphere. The Bloomsbury theatre, a very respected theatre within the eyes of Londoners; is located within the area."

The British Museum

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The British Museum is loved by Londoners and tourists. Its collection is enormous and you'll be tempted to visit multiple times.

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And why not? Admission is free.

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There are lovely things to see both inside and out.

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Antique and independent book shops surround the museum.

Cafe and Pub Culture

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Bloomsbury has a good selection of cafes and pubs serving its community of students, academics, professionals, and residents.

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Famous culinary school Le Cordon Bleu opened its first European cafe in a secluded courtyard off Bloomsbury Square. The chic cafe sells freshly baked bread and patisseries.

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The Queens Larder pub's history dates back to King George III and it now contributes to Bloomsbury's historic roots.

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Bloomsbury may be quiet about it, but it's got a lot of claims to make.

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The neighborhood even boasts its own Sicilian Avenue.

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Italian shops and restaurants line the street.

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Tapped & Packed on Tottenham Court Road attracts a young and creative crowd with its strong coffee and stylish atmosphere.

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This is as central as you can get, as far as London goes. Great public transport connections everywhere, whether you're looking to get to the the London Eye, O2 Arena, Oxford Street or Piccadilly Circus - you literally are in the middle of everything."

The Brunswick Centre

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The Brunswick Centre blends commercialism and residential living seamlessly.

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It shops, restaurants, and cafes feel as comfortable as your own living room.

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On Saturday, its food market sells street food, cheese, freshly baked bread, and cakes. Best of all, they offer samples.

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Patisserie Valerie will soothe your sweet tooth.

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Sweet on the cinema instead of cake?

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Art-house movie lovers will fall in love with the Renoir.

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Bloomsbury Square, Russell Square Gardens and Queen Square are few minutes walk away for a bit of greenery which will give you a pleasant surprise among buildings. Those are our hidden treasures!"

Pristine Garden Squares

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Bloomsbury was originally developed as a fashionable residential area. It's known for its large garden squares and is one of London's best neighborhoods for green spaces.

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On sunny days the locals flock to its public gardens (Bloomsbury Square, Russell Square, Gordon Square, and Tavistock Square) for sunbathing, reading, and picnicking.

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Despite its central location, it's surprisingly quiet.

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Bedford Square is a picturesque Georgian Square with a private garden. Its surrounding houses have mostly been converted into offices.

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It's also home to the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

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Around Bloomsbury

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A variety of accommodations make-up Bloomsbury's urban landscape.

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Georgian houses frame the neighborhood's small squares and gardens.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

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After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja traveled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.

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