Bloomsbury is located in central London within the West End which is one of the most popular areas of London for tourists to book a hotel. Within walking distance you can access many major attractions and shopping areas.
Bloomsbury is bounded by Euston Road in the north and Oxford Street in the south. From Portland Place in the west and Grays Inn Road in the east. It is centred around Russell Square.
There are no less than 6 easily accessible tube stations in and around Bloomsbury.
♦ Euston Square
With its Circle and District service you have access to all of Zone 1 including Kensington, Bayswater, Victoria and the City Financial District.
♦ Goodge Street
The Northern Line service will get you Camden Town, Euston Station and Waterloo within 10 minutes travel.
♦ Warren Street
From here you can take the Victoria Line direct to the Gatwick Airport express train terminal at Victoria Station.
♦ Tottenham Court Road
Oxford Circus is one stop from here and Bond Street is two, so if you don't want to walk you can access these shopping areas in under 5 minutes.
♦ Russell Square
From here you can catch the Piccadilly Line direct to inside Heathrow Airport with no changes. You can also travel direct to Arsenal Football Ground.
With its Central Line service, you can easily access Liverpool Street station in the City of London in only 4 stops. There is also the Piccadilly Line direct to London Heathrow.
These six stations offer you access to all of London's tube lines services.
Bus services travel across all parts of Bloomsbury and can used with your London Travelcard. This includes night services.
The mainline stations of Kings Cross and Euston are located immediately to the north of Bloomsbury as is St Pancras Station with its Eurostar terminal. In fact, the northern edge of Bloomsbury bounds the Eurostar station enabling easy access to your hotel accommodation.
There are also more than 20 bike stands where you can hire a cycle for an hour or even a day
♦ The British Museum
The Goliath of London museums which would take weeks to view in its entirety. Things to see here are the Elgin Marbles and the huge collection of Egyptian mummies.
♦ The British Library
Here you can see the oldest known map of Britain (1250ad) and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible from 1455.
♦ Charles Dickens Museum
This was the home of the writer from 1837-9. It is where Dickens wrote Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. The rooms are as he would have had them laid them out.
♦ Pollocks Toy Museum
A museum dedicated to Victorian toys originally amazed by Benjamin Pollock including many original toy sheets.
♦ Sir John Soanes Museum
Three town houses bursting with antiques. Here you can see the Roman Catacomb, also Hogarths "Rakes Progress" which is a series of 8 paintings
On foot from Bloomsbury, you can get to several prime shopping areas covering all requirements from touristy to high end.
♦ Oxford street
No matter where you stay in London you will at some point end up on this one mile shopping area. The part closest to Bloomsbury is more downmarket and heavily geared to tourism. The western parts are upmarket with Selfridge's Department Store.
♦ Tottenham Court Road
The southern part is wall to wall discount electronic outlets where you can get deals on televisions, cameras and hifi.
♦ Covent Garden
About a 10-15 minute walk from Bloomsbury. This essential visit offers street artists and craft markets. It's a good place to take refreshment and watch the world go by.
♦ Regent Street
Upmarket with the jewel in the crown being the Tudor styles Liberty Department Store. This is also where you will find Hamley's with its 5 floors of children's toys and magnificent window displays.
Located just at the bottom of Regent Street and geared towards tourists. Lilywhites is here and offers a massive range of sports related items.
♦ Great Russell Street
Right opposite the entrance to the British Museum, it has several very interesting shops selling archaeological artifacts including Roman coins and Anglo Saxon jewellery.
♦ Bond Street
Very upmarket. Here you will see chauffeur driven limos and door guards as the rich exercise their credit cards.
♦ Carnaby Street
Famous for its 1960's hippie styles, the street still offers fashion items.
Areas within walking distance of Bloomsbury
Once a seedy district, Soho is now a cosmopolitan area with a flourishing nightlife. Around Old Compton Street is the gay district.
♦ Kings Cross
Immediately to the north of Bloomsbury, Kings Cross is best known for its mainline railway station. Until quite recently a "dodgy" area, but now its up and coming with some seriously good hotels and restaurants.
♦ Covent Garden
Not only good for its market and restaurants, but also the theatres. In fact staying in Bloomsbury will get you walkable access to a good many of London's top theatre shows.
Lies immediately to the west of Bloomsbury above Oxford Circus
Hotels in Bloomsbury
♦ St Giles Hotel
⌂ Bedford Avenue, London, WC1B 3GH
Boring and oversized tourist class hotel with no redeeming features but a great buy! Nowhere else in this area can you get a decent bed for the same price as at the St Giles. As a bonus it has a massive keep fit section complete with swimming pool. It also has secure subsidised car parking. ❐