Developed by the Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries into a fashionable residential district, today leafy Bloomsbury attracts affluent buyers who are looking to enjoy the area’s beautiful garden squares, its literary connections – the Bloomsbury Group of artists met in private homes in the district at the beginning of the 20th century – and countless cultural, educational and health-care institutions.
James Burton, the architect responsible for the design of Regents Park, planned much of the Bloomsbury area, which contains some of London’s finest formal squares, many of which are surrounded by beautiful and grand Georgian town houses.
St George the Martyr C of E Primary School is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, and the excellent Wetherby Prep (featured) and Queen’s College London Schools are both located just a short distance away in nearby Marylebone.
The Brunswick Shopping Centre boasts a variety of chain restaurants such as Carluccio’s and Itsu. The Bloomsbury outpost of Steak & Lobster (featured) caters for the crowd looking for something a bit trendier. There is also a wealth of fashionable dining options in Bloomsbury’s neighbour, Fitzrovia.
Bloomsbury contains a small selection of small bars and pubs, and is conveniently located for The London Cocktail Club (featured), in neighbouring Fitzrovia, or celebrity haunt, Chiltern Firehouse, in nearby Marylebone.
As well as the fine garden squares of the area, Bloomsbury is home to Coram’s Fields (featured), a playground and outdoor sports field for children.