Bloomsbury forms part of the London Borough of Camden and is known as London’s foremost literary and publishing heartland, and for its numerous public squares and private gardens. Sitting between Euston Road to the north and Oxford Street to the south, Bloomsbury is a relatively quiet part of Central London that is home to most of the University of London, as well as the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Bloomsbury has long been a fashionable and desirable residential area with some of the world’s most famous artistic and literary figures having lived and worked nearby over the past few centuries. The area, as it appears today, was first developed during the 17th and 18th centuries by the Russell Family, who gave their name to the largest public park in the area.
Setting up your business here
Bloomsbury is renowned primarily as being home to publishing giants like Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber, as well as for its association with university education. However, there are a growing number of new media and technology companies operating in the area. Transport links could hardly be better than they are in Bloomsbury, being so close to Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras train stations, as well as a good number of Tube stations and major road routes in and out of London. From an employer’s perspective, Bloomsbury benefits from its smattering of public parks, which are always great places for busy professionals to unwind or de-stress during lunch breaks. There are also dozens of cafes and coffee shops to choose from, amongst buildings of huge historic and cultural significance.
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Things to do in Bloomsbury
An obvious highlight of Bloomsbury is the British Museum, which has an array of exhibitions on at any time of year and is one of the preeminent cultural attractions in London. Russell Square, meanwhile, is a very pleasant and sizeable park that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of busy central London. Bloomsbury is also a great place to simply wander around because the architecture of the area is so impressive – look out for the blue plaques on buildings explaining their historic or cultural significance. Some of the most popular dining experiences in the vicinity of Bloomsbury include Cigala, a Spanish favourite, and Hakkasan, a Michelin starred Chinese restaurant on Hanway Place. For a cupcake and a cup of tea meanwhile you should try Bea’s of Bloomsbury on Theobald’s Road.
- Tube lines: Piccadilly, Victoria, Northern, Central
- Mainline stations: Euston, King’s Cross, St Pancras,
- Nearest motorways: M25, A40
- Nearest airports: Heathrow, City, Gatwick, Stansted