Bloomsbury is a region of the Borough of Camden, located in central London east of Fitzrovia giving it easy access to both the City and London’s West End.
Due to its centrality, Bloomsbury is within walking distance of Covent Garden and Oxford Street, both of which are home to a wide range of shops that can cater for all your needs.
Bloomsbury was once home to some of the world’s most famous literary figures, including Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens and the area is blessed with an abundance of history and art heritage.
The area also features Bloomsbury Square, Russell Square and Bedford Square, three of the many garden squares in the area. These are some of the most beautiful green areas in London and offer a quiet place to escape, relax and enjoy the sunshine (when it’s out!).
It also attracts students and academics due to the various colleges close by including University College London (UCL),SOAS, University College Hospital (UCH) and the London School of Tropical Medicine, whilst it is close to many others.
Great Ormond Street Hospital is located off Queen Square and undertakes some amazing work for children’s healthcare and you also have University College Hospital (UCH), a highly regarded teaching centre and hospital.
Many of the properties in the area are Georgian-terraced houses. The look of these houses combined with the garden squares add to the picture-perfect appearance of Bloomsbury. The two in combination also create a village-like, suburban feel to the area. There are also some beautiful red brick mansion flats which are very popular and often have waiting lists of buyers for them.
Bloomsbury also has its fair share of modern builds too. For example, one of the most noted ones is the Brunswick Centre which is home to both residential flats which overlook the regenerated shopping piazza with its wide range of retail and restaurant outlets, including a huge Waitrose food hall and a Renoir cinema.
Due to the location of Bloomsbury, it is possible for residents to travel to neighbouring areas of London via foot or attend work in the City to the east and the West End.
As a Bloomsbury resident, you will also have access to numerous transport links with tube stations at Kings Cross and St Pancras International, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road (Crossrail from 2018), Goodge Street and Euston (mainline too). Additionally, there are many bus throughout the area.
Further to this, residents will soon be connected to other areas of London once the Crossrail development has completed in 2018. The Crossrail project will greatly reduce journey times which attract both commuters and non-commuters.
Residents can also travel to the finished product of Kings Cross and St Pancras, which further connects them to other areas of London, as well as much of the UK and Europe via Eurostar.
Located in the area of Bloomsbury is most notably the British Museum, allowing residents to immerse themselves in the culture the area has to offer.
Alternatively, you may want to learn something else, if so then visit one of the other museums and places of interest in Bloomsbury.
There is a wide range of restaurants and drinking venues dotted around the area, offering something for everyone. There are old fashioned pubs like the Queens Larder, Museum Tavern, Rugby Tavern and the Perseverance, and restaurant favourites like Ciao Bella on Lambs Conduit Street , Spaghetti House on Sicilian Avenue or Tas on Bloomsbury Street.
Not only is there a wide range of dining and drinking places, but there is also a variety of shops. The Brunswick Centre has many main stream shops, nearby Marchmont Street offers something different and Lambs Conduit Street has become a mecca for unique clothing brands as well as well-known gems like Grenson, Folk and Oliver Spencer. Otherwise there is plenty of choice in neighbouring Oxford Street or Covent Garden.
The Bloomsbury area has seen its fair share of new development projects.
In 2013, Crest Nicholson brought to the area the project development Bloomsbury Gardens; a collection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and duplexes. This is because they noticed that there has been a shortage in residential properties in Bloomsbury, and because they recognised its potential, offering value compared to some of its neighbouring hamlets.
And more recently the area has benefited from the Kings Cross and St Pancras transformation and rejuvenation.
The redevelopment of the station at Tottenham Court Road to access Crossrail has meant that more people are looking to live or invest in the area which has forced more commercial spaces to be converted into residential properties.
The Bedford Estate has also invested £7 million into the regeneration of Store Street in order to attract a new range of small bespoke shops.
On average, the rental prices in Bloomsbury compared to Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Soho is the cheapest out of all of the areas we specialise in.
The average rental price in Bloomsbury is £614, which is 3.5% below the London average (£636 p/w).
Therefore, the area of Bloomsbury is a highly attractive one for all generations with regards to renting, so you ought to get yourself on the property ladder in this area as soon as possible.
Whether you already have children or you’re looking to start a family, Bloomsbury is the place to be.
There are plenty of activities and places to visit in Bloomsbury with children. You may want to visit Coram’s Fields which features a mini-zoo and play park. It’s an excellent place to visit when the sun is out or for a brisk stroll in the winter months.
You can also educate your children by taking them to the local museums or one of the local schools.
Alternatively, if your children are ready to attend university, then they may decide to stay at home to attend one of the local universities in the vicinity, there are plenty to choose from (grades permitting)!