Hidden Gems of Bloomsbury: A Culinary and Nightlife Guide - Hudsons
The Dalloway Terrace restaurant, Bloomsbury

Hidden Gems of Bloomsbury: A Culinary and Nightlife Guide

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A vibrant neighbourhood nestled in the heart of London, known for its rich cultural diversity, Bloomsbury boasts a food scene that perfectly reflects its melting pot of influences. Whether you’re hunting for a casual lunch, looking to indulge in some culinary delights for a special occasion or want to hit the town with friends at the end of a busy week, Bloomsbury offers a variety of top-notch restaurants and bars just waiting to be explored.

Dalloway Terrace

Tucked away in the historic Bloomsbury Hotel, the Dalloway Terrace is a true hidden treasure. Known for being one of the most Instagram-worthy outdoor dining spots in London, this venue draws inspiration from the literary works of Virginia Woolf. Here, you can savour modern European dishes, from the indulgent Lobster Risotto and Dalloway Burger to delightful options like French toast and other brunch favourites. Surrounded by lush greenery, it’s the perfect setting for a memorable meal or a laid-back brunch.

Afternoon tea at The Dalloway Terrace

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Riding House Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury has proudly launched a new branch of Fitzrovia’s beloved Riding House Café. This lively, modern brasserie retains the exclusive ambiance of a members’ club. Situated in the listed, brutalist Brunswick Centre, a top modernist landmark in the capital, it’s also a great spot to catch a film at the nearby Curzon Cinema on rainy days. The menu features an array of small plates, such as grilled flatbread with smoked cod roe and earl grey cured trout with citrus kosho and sour cream. Be sure to save room for dessert, with tempting options like hot doughnuts with milk jam and rhubarb and vanilla cheesecake. 

Noble Rot

Noble Rot is a haven for those who appreciate fine wine and exquisite food. It’s the perfect spot for a fancy outing with friends, and we strongly recommend booking in advance because it’s very popular with the locals. The wine list is continually updated to complement a menu that showcases modern British cuisine with a unique twist. Delight your palate with dishes like Grilled Cornish Mackerel or Salt Baked Beetroot, and rely on the knowledgeable staff to recommend the ideal wine pairing.

Noble Rot, Bloomsbury

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Holborn Dining Room

Set on the border of Bloomsbury, locals have laid claim to this beautiful restaurant which is hidden away inside the Rosewood London hotel. With mid-century-inspired interiors, it’s a grand space that’s popular with local crowds who flock here for the hearty menu of steaks, chicken and mutton pies and burgers. Seasonal and locally sourced, it’s modern British with a twist – the perfect place to enjoy friendly meal with friends.

The Perseverance

We had to include a traditional English pub in this list, and The Perseverance is a quintessential choice located in the heart of London. It offers a modern twist on classic pub fare and is perfect for grabbing a bite, featuring a mix of timeless pub dishes and contemporary cuisine. Indulge in the Perseverance Burger or the Beer-Battered Halloumi, and don’t miss out on their delicious pizzas available every Monday. Be sure to explore their extensive selection of craft beers for the complete experience.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

The Bloomsbury Club Bar draws its inspiration from the famously hedonistic Bloomsbury Set and features a unique selection of 14 cocktails, each inspired by a special deck of Tarot cards designed in 1910 by the bohemian occultist Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith. Unsure which cocktail suits you best? The Cocktail Diviner can visit your table to uncover your hidden emotional state and prescribe the perfect drink to match your mood.

Bartenders at The Bloomsbury Club

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The London Cabaret Club

The London Cabaret Club is a vibrant nightlife and entertainment destination that hosts theatrical productions which blend the magic of cabaret with quintessential British culture. Showcasing mesmerising choreography, dazzling costumes and remarkable vocal and acting talents, their performances captivate audiences with themes ranging from the best of British pop and rock to tributes to James Bond. The club offers an experience far beyond traditional cabaret. Alongside these spectacular shows, guests can enjoy gourmet dining, making for an unforgettable night out.

Bloomsbury has so much to offer that you’ll be overwhelmed with choice when it comes to dining and entertainment. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner, a big celebration or drinks with friends, you’ll find the perfect spot right on your front doorstep.

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