A weekend exploring Bloomsbury & Beyond, London

I wrote a post a few weeks ago with a 1 week London itinerary – it’s the most time and thought I’ve ever put in to writing a post. It was a labour of love…..and then it was my least liked post of the last 2 years haha! I’m still glad I wrote it though as I’ve been exploring a lot more of London recently, and really going in to depth to learn more about different areas.

One such area is Bloomsbury, which roughly constitutes the neighbourhoods from around Kings Cross down to Covent Garden. It features for a day on my aforementioned London Itinerary, but we actually spent a whole weekend there back in March (yes, I know, I’m super behind and all over the place with my write ups at the moment!). Despite commuting in to Kings Cross station for years, we never really knew anything about the area so decided to make it our base for the weekend, and we were very glad we did. Here’s how to make the most of it.


Day 1

A. Russell Square

Start your morning off in beautiful Russell Square, grabbing some breakfast at Caffe Tropea or The Cabmen’s Shelter. Then have a relaxed walk through the park, especially if it’s a sunny day. Visiting in Spring is especially beautiful as the daffodil flower beds are out.

B. The British Museum

After breakfast, head to The British Museum – the most famous site in the area, worth spending at least 3 hours exploring. I’ve visited twice and both times have spent 4 hours + in the museum and seen completely new things each time. Even better – it’s free to visit. Top things to see include the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon Marbles, Lewis Chessmen, Sutton Hoo Mask, Egyptian Mummies and Samurai Warrior. You can read my full guide to the museum HERE.

C. Covent Garden

After visiting the museum, head down beyond the border of Bloomsbury and in to Covent Garden. Covent Garden is one of the most picturesque areas of London and there’s loads to do here. We chose to visit beautiful Neal’s Yard, do some shopping, and also do an escape room at Konmata – London’s number 1 voted room.

Neal’s Yard

Also in the area is ‘Art of Banksy’, a private collection of Banksy’s work, plus the Freemasonry Museum (if you’re in to secret societies), plus its home to London’s west end if you want to catch a show, and lots of pubs for a taste of an English tradition.

D. Dinner at Dishoom

Finish the day off with one of the most amazing restaurants in London – Dishoom. Dishoom is based on the Irani cafes of Bombay and oh my goodness, the food is completely amazing.

Delicious Dishoom


Day 2

A. Tavistock Square Gardens & Virginia Woolf’s House

Start the day back in the heart of Bloomsbury by exploring pretty Tavistock Square, including finding Virginia Woolf’s house at number 29 and taking a stroll through the central gardens.

Virginia Woolf’s home

B. Woburn Walk and other stunning Bloomsbury Streets

Bloomsbury is full of picture perfect streets, but without doubt one of my favourites is Woburn walk. Pop in to some of the shops along the row, one of London’s most well preserved Georgian streets before continuing on to the next stop.

C. St George’s Gardens

Continuing the morning’s stroll, head to St George’s Gardens which I found really pretty especially as the park is still full of tombs and gravestones making it really quirky but stunning at the same time.

In St George’s Gardens

D. Kings Cross St Pancras – Big Chill bar and Platform 9 3/4

After your morning stroll in Bloomsbury, head to The Big Chill rooftop bar for a nice drink before heading in to Kings Cross St Pancras railway station. There are actually two stations here – one modern at Kings Cross (and home to Platform 9 3/4 for any Harry Potter fans), and one old at St Pancras. Both are worth popping in to to admire the architecture, before heading on to lunch.

Big chill rooftop bar

E. Granary Square

Head on past the stations and up to Granary Square, a new and beautiful area by the canal. Here is a great stop for a late lunch with some lovely restaurants on offer. There’s even another Dishoom if you didn’t manage it for dinner yesterday! As the day was a Sunday for us, we had a traditional Sunday roast dinner.

F. Word on the Water

After having lunch, stroll along the canal to Word on the Water, a floating bookshop. I can never resist a book, let alone a book sold on a boat so obviously I left with new additions for my shelves at home.

Word on the Water book shop

G. Coals Drop Yards

Walk across to Coals Drop Yards, an area of old converted warehouses which are now full of modern shops and eateries. The area is also home to St Pancras locks at the top of the canals, so it makes a picturesque area to stroll around.

H. St Pancras Old Church and Gardens

Next, visit St Pancras old Church and Gardens, home to The Hardy Tree – an ash tree surrounded by hundreds of weathered gravestones, layered practically on top of one another by Thomas Hardy (of Tess of the Dโ€™Urbervilles fame) when he was working for a company tasked with reburying the dead who had to be moved to build the train lines. The church itself is also beautiful, and worth nipping inside too.

St Pancras Old Church

I. Cocktails at Hokus Pokus

As a final stop of the weekend, we had dinner at Megaro Hotel and then drinks in their amazing bar, Hokus Pokus. The drinks were probably more about theatre than taste, but they were still delicious and a fun way of finishing off the weekend before crossing the road to get the train back home.


So what do you think of my Bloomsbury in depth weekend? We had such a nice and laid back time spending a whole weekend in one area rather than rushing around. If you’re interested in my London area guides then also check out:

Thanks so much for reading – stay safe and happy travelling!

37 Comments

  1. Oh, traveler of endless energy, Hannah, thank you for sharing your visit to Bloomsbury ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like a delightful destination, and the architectural design of the British museum (and contents pictured) look amazing. The city and grounds appear very well kept, with a nice blend of old and new structures – St. Pancras looks wonderful. So, too, the foods for dinner at Dishoom!

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  2. Wow! Nealโ€™s Yard took my breath away at how vibrant it is! I had no idea that it was in Covent Garden, despite having stroll through there before. Iโ€™m currently Indian food like crazy, and Dishoomโ€™s looks like my jam! Iโ€™ll have to satisfy my wanderlust for London by heading back!

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  3. I love travelling in the spring when all the flowers are starting to bud. Those daffodils look so pretty. Looks like you covered a lot in a weekend. Iโ€™m sure you could easily spend one day alone in just the British Museum. I love the architecture in the city and how the old is mixed in with the new.

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    1. Yes it was so nice to get some blue skies and see the flowers in bloom, even though it was still fairly cold. I’d been to the British Museum twice already, and you could easily spend a day or longer in there…it’s so big I just do a section or two each time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. How lovely are those daffodils! Oh, and your food at Dishoom will keep me busy for a couple of hours – it looks so yummy! The Word on the Water is definitely a unique bookshop … and my, that is some cocktail!

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    1. It was so delicious, writing about it definitely makes me crave one again that’s for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved Word on the Water – I have wayyy too many books on my shelves to read! Thanks so much for reading Corna, have a great day

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  5. Each of these previously unknown (to me) neighborhoods has unique charm. Among other sights, Iโ€™d love to see the world famous British Museum, the colors of Covent Garden, and the bookstore on a boat would be cool, too. Your lovely photos and descriptions show that London has much to offer that a lot of tourists never see.

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    1. I’m so pleased to be able to show you some new areas you hadn’t heard of….it’s so true that there are many areas of London people who visit the city for a short time never see. I really enjoy exploring them and am happy to be able to show them off ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Oh I love this! What a beautiful mix of that colorful, vibrant Neals Yard with the simple elegance of Woburn Street and the industrial history of the drop yards. And a bookstore on a boat- count me in! All around an excellent tour around this corner of London. Iโ€™m realizing more and more to really see London is going to need at least a monthโ€™s worth of vacation time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Aww thanks so much Meg, I’m so glad you like it. And yes there is literally so much to see and do in London – I remember someone messaging me saying they had 2 weeks in England and wanted to see it all. They wanted to do ‘all of London’, York, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Edinburgh (not in England, but by the by apparently), the beaches of Cornwall, a trip to an island or two. I was like…yeah….ermm….not possible. You could easily spend just a week in London and barely scratch the surface. Thanks so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. That happens to me, too. I write a post that I think is great and get little response, then later write one I consider mediocre and everyone loves it โ€“ haha.
    Very nice tour. I liked this because it was different from many of the โ€œusualโ€ things to see and do in London. That pink drink looks like the product of a science experiment, and was that toad in the hole with your Sunday roast? It was huge!

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    1. Haha yes it is the way it goes isn’t it!!! Aw thanks so much, we really enjoyed exploring an area in depth actually and not rushing around! Yesss it was a toad in the hole and totally delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Wow, this seems like a fantastic weekend you had there! In the different times that I went to London I don’t remember seeing any of these but I will for sure mark them on my list because this seems like the perfect weekend itinerary! Thanks for sharing!

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