Bloomsbury was developed by the Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries into a fashionable residential area. It is notable for its garden squares, literary connections, and numerous cultural, educational and health care institutions. The area gives its name to the Bloomsbury Group of artists, the most famous of whom was Virginia Woolf, who met in private homes in the area in the early 1900s.
Sights to See in Bloomsbury include:
British Museum – Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm: Free Entry!
On Russell Square opposite the Kimpton Fitzroy hotel is the British Museum, you must check it out while you are here! The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. Documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present, it is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection numbers some 8 million works and its collection is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
The Dickens Museum– Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
This is where the author wrote Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby and where he first achieved international fame as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.