William de Blemond in the 13th century, a Norman, was the first landowner. Edward III acquired Blemond's manor, and passed it on to the Carthusian monks who governed it until Henry VIII granted it to the Earl of Southampton. The Russell family became landowners in the 18th century.

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Within walking distance of King's Cross, Euston and St Pancras mainline rail stations.

Also in Bloomsbury is the Foundling Museum, close to Brunswick Square, which tells the story of the Foundling Hospital opened by Thomas Coram for unwanted children in Georgian London. The hospital, now demolished except for the Georgian colonnade, is today a playground and outdoor sports field for children, called Coram's Fields. It is also home to a small number of sheep. The nearby Lamb's Conduit Street is a pleasant thoroughfare with shops, cafes and restaurants.

In the 16th century with the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Henry VIII took the land back into the possession of the Crown and granted it to Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton.

Bloomsbury Publishing group has four separate publishing divisions — Academic & Professional; Adult; Children's and Educational; and Information and Business Development — supported by group functions, namely Sales and Marketing, Book Production, Finance and Technology. Imprints and book lists of publishing businesses acquired by Bloomsbury are assigned to the most relevant publishing division.

Bloomsbury can be easily accessed from several convenient tube stations as follows:

This is a vibrant historic district made most famous by a group of turn-of-the-century writers that included Virgina Woolf and EM Forster (the Bloomsbury Set), economist John Maynard Keynes and the artist Roger Fry.

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Bloomsbury forms the southernmost part of the London Borough of Camden.

Bloomsbury is also the site of the disused British Museum tube station.

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Bloomsbury is an upmarket residential area of London. Although administratively, it is largely part of the borough of Camden (with only a small part lying within the City of Westminster), it is generally regarded as a Central London district.

Most of the sites are reachable by foot or a single stop on the tube.

Bloomsbury is in the parliamentary constituency of Holborn and St Pancras. The western half of the district comprises Bloomsbury ward, which elects three councillors to Camden Borough Council.

Bloomsbury contains some of London's finest parks and buildings, and is particularly known for its formal squares. These include:

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This area is teeming with students so there is a wealth of cheap eating options. Charlotte Street near Goodge Street underground station, parallel to Tottenham Court Road (where the Fitzroy Tavern is found) has a number of nice restaurants, some of them very reasonable. Look for the cheap Korean restaurants under Centre Point at Tottenham Court Road. They are great value and very close to the British Museum.

Tottenham Court Road is the centre for electronics retailers in London. If you are visting the city and need to buy or replace an electronic item, you will not find a better selction nor better prices than here. Explore both sides of the street to the north of Tottenham Court Road station.

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is a vibrant independent global publisher listed on the London Stock Exchange with offices in London, New York, New Delhi and Sydney. Over more than 25 years, Bloomsbury's mission has been to publish works of excellence and originality. Bloomsbury has built up a valuable portfolio of content and rights based intellectual property assets.

Bloomsbury is a great choice of district to stay in as there is a large range of hostels, B&Bs, budget hotels and four star hotels in the area.

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Shaftesbury Avenue, is the central church of the Baptist denomination. It was opened in 1848, having been built by Sir Samuel Moreton Peto MP, one of the great railway contractors of the age.[26]

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The Dickens Museum is in Doughty Street. The Petrie Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology are at University College London in Gower Street.


The Bloomsbury Festival was launched in 2006 when local resident Roma Backhouse was commissioned to mark the re-opening of the Brunswick Centre, a residential and shopping area. The free festival is a celebration of the local area, partnering with galleries, libraries and museums,[13] and achieved charitable status at the end of 2012. As of 2013, the Duchess of Bedford is a festival patron and Cathy Mager is the Festival Director.[14][15]

There are a number of pubs and winebars around the British Library and University College London campus.

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With University College London being a dominant presence in Bloomsbury, it is no surprise that there are a lot of bookshops. The area around Marchmont St and The Brunswick Centre (north of Russell Sq) has claims to be the bookshop capital of London.

It is well served by buses, with over 12 different routes running south down Gower Street, London|Gower Street and both north and south through Russell Square.[27] Route 7 goes along Great Russell Street, past the British Museum, and on to Russell Square.

Among the companies, book lists and imprints that Bloomsbury has acquired are:[7]

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The church of St George the Martyr in Queen Square was built 1703–06,[24] and was where Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath married on Bloomsday in 1956.[25]

In December 2008, Bloomsbury opened a branch in Doha, Qatar, under joint-partnership with Qatar Foundation.[3] The publishing house created, called Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, worked mainly with English and Arabic literature.[4]

The area lay within the parishes of St Giles in the Fields and St George's, Bloomsbury,[7] which were absorbed into the St Giles District as part of the Metropolis Management Act 1855.[8] It is now controlled by the London Borough of Camden and part of the district is contained within the Bloomsbury ward. The district is situated in the parliamentary constituency of Holborn and St Pancras.

It is also the location of the British Museum, the British Library, the campus of University College London, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and numerous historic homes, parks, and buildings.

The area surrounding Bloomsbury has several London Underground stations, although only three of these (Russell Square, King's Cross St. Pancras and Euston Square) have entrances in Bloomsbury itself. The other stations, located on the fringes of Bloomsbury, are Euston, Goodge Street, Warren Street, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, and Chancery Lane.

Bloomsbury has no official boundaries, but can be roughly defined as the square of territory bounded by Tottenham Court Road to the west, Euston Road to the north, Gray's Inn Road to the east, and either High Holborn or the thoroughfare formed by New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury Way and Theobalds Road to the south.[2] Bloomsbury merges gradually with Holborn in the south, with St Pancras and King's Cross in the north-east and with Clerkenwell in the south-east.

Many of the budget hotels are located on Argyle St in the very northern part of the district, nearest tube station: King's Cross St Pancras.

In February 2010, businesses were balloted on an expansion of the InHolborn Business Improvement District (BID) to include the southern part of Bloomsbury. Only businesses with a rateable value in excess of £60,000 could vote as only these would pay the BID levy. This expansion of the BID into Bloomsbury was supported by Camden Council.[16] The proposal was passed and part of Bloomsbury was brought within the InHolborn BID.[17]

The mainline rail stations Euston, King's Cross and St. Pancras are all just north of Bloomsbury. Since 14 November 2007 (2007-11-14), Eurostar services have relocated to St Pancras, promising shorter journey times to Paris and Brussels and better connections to the rest of the UK.