In springtime Bloomsbury lives up to its name, as the area’s renowned formal garden squares bud and flower. But it’s the laurels of learning that are perennial here: institutions like University College London, Birkbeck College, the British Library and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts have made Bloomsbury what it is – cultured, refined and discernibly academic.
Students, as you might have hypothesised, are ever-present, while one in every dozen townhouses bears a blue plaque to commemorate a venerable resident, usually of considerable intellectual clout. Charles Darwin, Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes are just a few world-changing titans who lived here. And as pens are downed and the libraries close, Bloomsbury’s nonchalantly charming pubs fill up, with the chatter of theorems, one of which might just change your life.
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The British Museum
The UK’s treasure chest of riches from the world’s various civilisations and cultures.
The Bloomsbury Set
An influential group of intellectuals including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and EM Forster - so-called because many of them lived and played in the area in the early 1900s.
As pens are downed and the libraries close, Bloomsbury’s nonchalantly charming pubs fill up, with the chatter of theorems, one of which might just change your life.