About The Area
As part of the borough of Camden, the area of Bloomsbury is centrally located in London, England. Famous for its intellectual history as well as its many healthcare and educational institutions, Bloomsbury began its development as a residential area in the 17th century when it was known as Bloomsbury Square. The famous Bloomsbury Market sprung up from this evolution in 1730. Though its borders are not strictly defined, its area extends from Tottenham Court Road in the west, Euston Road in the north, Gray's Inn Road in the east, and Oxford St and Theobald's Road in the south. Featuring many squares and much park area, Bloomsbury is comprised of many historic Georgian buildings that serve as both residential and social housing. The area has garnered its fame from the Bloomsbury Group, a gathering of intellectuals, artists and writers, with Virginia Woolf numbered among them, who met during the early 1900's to discuss art and ideas.
Places of Interest
Bringing together its literary history and the prominence of its public squares, Gordon Square is where the Bloomsbury Group met. It is also the location of the former home of famed economist John Maynard Keynes. Educational institutions are very prominent in the area, with Bloomsbury housing many buildings belonging to the University of London, University College London, the Bloomsbury Colleges and the campuses of many American colleges. In addition to a variety of healthcare institutions, the former site of the Foundling Hospital, which was once a home for unwanted children, is located here; it is now a 7-acre recreational space for children called Coram's Fields. The British Museum should not be missed, as it features an expansive collection of artifacts from many ancient cultures - including the largest collection of mummies outside of Egypt and the Rosetta Stone. The area also features a wide range of cuisine like Abeno with authentic Japanese food, Garufin, which specializes in Argentinean Cuisine, Ciao Bella for casual Italian, and The Court (in The British Museum) where contemporary local cuisine is served.
While there are numerous Underground stations that lie on the edges of Bloomsbury, there are only two located within the borders of the area: Russell Square and Euston Square. The Russell Square station is adjacent to Brunswick Center at Bernard and Marchmont Street. From this station, you are within a couple blocks of Coram's Field, Queen Square, Russell Square, and St. George's Gardens. The Euston Square station, not to be confused with the London Euston Station, is located at the corner of the busy Euston Road and Gower Street. It is located close to the Gordon Square Gardens and the Euston Square Gardens as well as the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. A hub of transportation, St Pancras International is also located within the bounds of Bloomsbury. With travel destinations extending well beyond the United Kingdom, St Pancras has provided a link to destinations all over Europe since 2007. The area is also served by many different bus routes that run along Gower Street.