London WC1. Camden. London Property Area Guide
My husband and I often have the same “discussion.” Marylebone or Bloomsbury.
Hubby is team Marylebone whereas I will remain fiercely loyal to sweet, Bloomsbury.
He likes the cosmopolitan feel, proximity to Royal parks and the cafe culture. I love the streets where I grew up – years on they have the same warm but ‘Old London’ feel, cultural mix and central location. My heart remains here.
Eighties, Nineties – Now!
As a child growing up in the 80’s, Bloomsbury had a very strong sense of community, which was starting to dissolve into the 90’s (as were similar mixed working class and Bohemian areas of town).
This may seem a little strange these days and perhaps archaic for such a central area of London, but I think it’s a certain feeling that has disappeared, and I very much doubt will return. Modern day Bloomsbury is home to an eclectic group of people: many students (UCL is on the doorstep), young professionals, some foreigners and working class Londoners
In times past Bloomsbury was very popular with those that worked in the West End theatres due to it’s proximity to Theatreland, as well as writers, journalists, artists, lecturers and those within the medical profession – again due to distance and to a lesser extent it’s rich medical history.
Pockets of Character
Bloomsbury has many individual pockets, each with their individual character but wherever you find yourself within the district; the rich bohemian and literary past is in the air, streets and garden squares.
The East side of Bloomsbury has given a massive boost to the area with the regeneration of the Brunswick Centre – almost unrecognizable from it’s former self. High Street shops, a large Waitrose, numerous restaurants, a health centre and the Renoir Cinema grace the 1960’s council development (Look Up to see the iconic architecture!)
Lambs Conduit Street is becoming uber trendy with the opening of a number of fashion boutiques and art-sy type shops. Thankfully there are still a few remaining restaurants and shops that have been around for years and help keep it real. This particular quarter is a delight to be in and wonderful for a summer’s evening al-fresco dining!
Russell Square and Senate House (the administrative home of UCL) are focal points in the area. I always feel a bit of Manhattan when I gaze up at the solid art-deco structure. Russell Square is a delight to spend a lunch hour or spring evening in (the square’s café is really quite decent) and only moments from Bloomsbury’s principle attraction, The British Museum.
The area around the British Museum is more touristy and often the restaurants and shops are geared more towards this. The large UCL campus takes up a large part of the Western side of Bloomsbury but even with such a high student population there is a calm, almost laid back feel to the area and it’s leafy tree lined streets
A particularly attractive road on the Bloomsbury /Fitzrovia borders is Store Street which has recently undergone a bit of a makeover and is a delight to discover. Here, trendy coffee shops, a winery, Italian restaurant, Tarot bookstore and fashion boutique create a charming environment to while away a lunch break or after-work hour.
The properties found in Bloomsbury are mainly within purpose built mansion blocks – dotted throughout the area. There is also a large amount of social housing, particularly in and around the Brunswick Centre. Much of this has moved into private hands and although these properties sell for more than their worth, they are a low-cost step onto the property ladder in Bloomsbury.
If it’s beautiful townhouses or mews type properties you’re after, John Street and environs on the Eastern side of the area is where you will find a cherished, small number of these types of properties.
+ Central and convenient location
+ Great transport links
+ Eurostar located to the Northern quarter of Bloomsbury
+ Corams Fields – The safe & perfect place to entertain kids (only adults accompanied by a child are allowed in the park).
+ Good shopping facilities at the Brunswick Centre
+ Renior Cinema (art-house type cinema)
+ Beautiful green squares such as Bloomsbury Sq, Russell Sq, and Tavistock Sq
+ Within walking distance of Covent Garden, The West End and parts of the City.
+ Eclectic and interesting mix of neighbours
– High property prices
– Lack of houses
– Likely to find your neighbour has rented their property out to students!
– Lack of local secondary schools
The best Italian in Bloomsbury : Ciao Bella, 90 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ
Designer coffee and mouthwatering snacks: Store Street Espresso, 40 Store Street, WC1E 7DB
The Best Chocolate Croissant: The Espresso Room, 31-35 Great Ormond Street, WC1N
One of London’s most heartwarming and charming Museums: The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1
North | Euston Road & Kings Cross Station
South | Theobalds Road & New Oxford Street
East | Grays Inn Road
West | Tottenham Court Road
Kings Cross/St Pancras: Northern line, Piccadilly Line and Hammersmith and City Lines
Russell Square station: Piccadilly Line
Euston Station: Northern and Victoria Lines
Holborn: Central and Piccadilly Lines
Kings Cross: Trains to Scotland and many parts of the North of England and local services to Hertfordshire, Luton and Gatwick Airports
Euston Station: Train services to many parts of the North of England such as Birmingham and Liverpool.
Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels
From Russell Sq
7 to East Acton
59 Kings Cross – Streatham Hill
68 Euston – West Norwood
91 Crouch End – Trafalgar Square
168 Hamsptead Heath – Old Kent Road
188 to North Greenwich
From Gower Street and/or Euston Road
10 Hammsersmith to Kings Cross
18 Euston to Sudbury
30 Hackney Wick to Marble Arch
73 Stoke Newington to Victoria
205 Bow Church to Paddington
390 Archway to Notting Hill Gate
From Theobalds Road and/or Grays Inn Road
17 Archway to London Bridge Station
19 Battersea Bridge to Finsbury Park
38 Hackney to Victoria
55 Layton to Oxford Circus
242 Tottenham Court Road to Homerton Hospital
St George The Martyr CofE Primary School, John’s Mews, London WC1N 2NX
Argyle Primary School, Tonbridge School, WC1H 9EG
St Joseph RC Primary School (located in Covent Gdn but serves the Bloomsbury area). Macklin Street, Drury Lane, WC2B 5NA
There are no Secondary Schools located in Bloomsbury. The closest areas which serve Bloomsbury residents could include:
Maria Fidelis RC Covent School (for girls), 34 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, NW1 1RG
The St Marylebone CofE School (for girls), 64 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5BA