What You Must Know When Travelling From Oxford to Bloomsbury

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Oxford and Bloomsbury have a lot in common. Both being famous for their literary heritage and country-esque locales, it is hardly a surprise then, when we see tourists from Oxford enjoying weekend getaways to the literary heart of London. Since we get a lot of curious queries from travellers asking about accommodations and places to visit in Bloomsbury, we decided to roll out an illustrative guide to help you make the best of your time. Join us as we discuss various important details of your travel, stay and exploration in Bloomsbury, London. And now, without much ado, let us hop on to this amazing joyous journey and discover the best that Bloomsbury has to offer.

Managing your Travel from Oxford to London

The travel distance between Oxford and London is nearly 57 miles, which means you can reach London within an hour. And when you factor in the time to navigate your way from any of the London station to Bloomsbury, it might take another half hour or one, given the traffic conditions and more. Thus, we can assume an estimated time of 2 hours in reaching Bloomsbury from Oxford.

Now obviously, the time required significantly depends on your choice of commute. There are primarily 3 options available for anyone planning a trip down to Bloomsbury. You can either book a train or a coach (- buses meant for longer journeys), or simply drive down to Bloomsbury. Each of these alternatives is pretty different from each other, and offers a distinctive experience in its own. Hence, we leave it up to you to decide the choice of commute, but should you decide to travel via Coach or Train, we have got some additional information to share with you.

Oxford to London by Trains

You can book the First Great Western train and reach London Paddington Station. From 57 minutes to 1 hour and 55 minutes, your train journey can extend up to any duration, depending solely on the train you choose. Once you reach the Paddington Station, it is quite easy then to reach Bloomsbury. You may hire a direct taxi from Paddington to Bloomsbury or may opt for London underground. We shall discuss more about getting around Bloomsbury in our next section, for now let us plan out your journey by coaches.

Do not let the word “Coaches” confuse you. These are basically buses meant for long distance travel. Passengers have quite a lot of choices when it comes to booking journey by coach. X90 by Oxford BusOxford Tube and National Express, all vie to be your first choice of travel and their schemes and offers are mostly the same. The coach journey commences from the Gloucester Green Bus station in Oxford, and taking you via delightful countryside views, drops you at the Victoria Coach station. Some coach journeys also have their stoppages scheduled at Bakers Street and Marble Arch. Either ways, once you reach any of these Bus stops in London, it is quite easy to make your way towards the literary heart of the British Capital, Bloomsbury.

Say Hello to the Bloomsbury London Neighbourhood

Each time someone mentions the word British or classic English, it is quite easy to imagine the sophisticated white buildings, lush green gardens, and an air of sheer nonchalance and calm. If you, for once, would like to experience the true novelty and regal charms of the British Capital, booking your date with Bloomsbury is a must. As the erstwhile residence of mavericks like Virgina Woolf, EM Foster and John Maynard Keynes, this high-end residential area of London still exudes an air of effortless grace and tranquillity. As the official centre for University of London, University of the Arts, and the University College London Institute of Neurology, Bloomsbury does flaunt the best of education, student activities and young chic crowd. Traditionally renowned for its medicine, education, arts and similar collaterals, the place also boasts of an eclectic theatre. The Bloomsbury Theatre, exhibiting the best of professional and budding talent, has earned a lot of respect and regard from the local Londoners.

We shall talk more about Bloomsbury later, for now, let us help you get around this artistic district, and also, assist you in booking your desired accommodation.

Once you reach London, finding your way around Bloomsbury is quite simple. The artistic centre of London has a number of tube (London Underground) stations in its vicinity, and you can use any one of the following stations to reach Bloomsbury:
The Euston Square Tube Station is closest to Bloomsbury. The station operates in Travel Card Zone 1, and is accessible from the Circle, Metropolitan and District Lines.
Holborn is another tube station operating on Travel Card Zone 1, and is pretty close to selected destination. The station is accessible both from the Central Line and Piccadilly Line. Additionally, you may also opt for the Russell Square Station on Piccadilly Line, and Tottenham Court Road station, which operates on Central and Northern Lines. Lastly, Warren Street tube station is close to Bloomsbury and is going to be most suitable to you, if you are making the journey from Victoria station. 
Moreover, Bloomsbury is merely walking distance from various central London railway stations, such as King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston rail terminus. Thus, you can expect an effortlessly convenient travel around this eloquent and sophisticated destination in London. Besides, this London district is well connected via bus routes and private hire taxis, and hence you really get to enjoy an effortless and easy commute.
If you wish to stay at a central location in London, this is the most central that you can get. With every popular tourist spot ranging from Trafalgar Square to London Eye to O2 Arena to Piccadilly Circus, West End and Oxford Street located just around the corner, you actually get to stay right in the middle of everything!

Managing your Stay in Bloomsbury
If you have not managed your accommodation as yet, do not worry, for we are here to help you out! As one of the most reliable hotel booking partners in London, how can we leave you alone in your ultimate tryst with this beautiful artistic hub? Regardless of whichever type of lodging you are looking for, we shall assist you fully in finding the best accommodations and hotels in Bloomsbury
Opt for a Budgeted Accommodation in Bloomsbury

If as a traveller, you are more interested in exploring this beautiful picturesque district, we suggest you simply opt for a budgeted accommodation, preferably a bed and breakfast. A favourite of various students and young professionals, these hotels and B&B accommodations appeals to anyone who is looking for a cost-effective stay. For instance, the Goodwood Hotel in Bloomsbury, located close to Oxford Circus and British Museum, provides an inexpensive stay. You can catch every titbits of delightful activates happening in the heart of central London, and that too at extremely affordable prices. Besides, the stay also includes a complimentary continental breakfast and free internet connection. 
Besides, if you are planning to be up and about the town all the time, why not book a classic and groovy bed and breakfast accommodation? These B&B lodgings are best suited for tourists who wouldn’t like to waste much of money on fancy hotels, and would rather enjoy certain basic comforts and a scrumptious breakfast. When you book George Hotel B&B in Bloomsbury, you also receive free parking, internet and breakfast. Besides, the spacious and airy rooms of this beautiful lodging are simply a winner. You may reserve either of the two options and enjoy the beauty of Bloomsbury, without burning a hole in your pocket. 

Bloomsbury has a reputation for flaunting the best of elegant and regal boutique accommodations. These boutiques hotels envelope a characteristic vintage charm and poise in their architecture and decors. Besides, if you wish to fully enjoy the sophistication and timelessness of Bloomsbury, you must (and yes, we insist) consider booking boutique lodging for your stay.
Grange Blooms Hotel is an interesting boutique accommodation  nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury. An erstwhile townhouse, built in the 18th century, Grange Blooms today is synonymous with the artistic beauty of the era gone by. Besides, this refurbished townhouse is located in the close vicinity of every popular Bloomsbury attraction, including Covent Garden, Oxford Street and British Museum.
Besides, Clarendon Hotel, a beautiful boutique hotel in Bloomsbury , forms another compelling option for various guests that have an eye for beauty. This gorgeous Georgian Townhouse belongs to the 16th century London, and carries the immaculate grace and charm of the golden times. Situated in Bedford Place, the hotel provides the best stay in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to Trafalgar Square, British Museum, and Euston Station.

Secret Boutique Hotel in Bloomsbury

With our willingness to provide you with the most cost saving deals on your stay in London, we have put together several secret hotels in the heart of the capital. These secret hotels are primarily 4-star and 5-star accommodations, offering their stay at incredibly discounted prices. If you wish to enjoy up to 40% of discounts and stay in a charming and classic boutique hotel, we suggest you opt for this secret boutique hotel with private gardens in Bedford Place, Bloomsbury. Enjoy a stay near Covent Garden, Russell Square and British Museum, and go easy on your wallet with up to 40% off on your stay. 

And if you desire the highest class of luxury and appeal from your stay in London, we have got just the right options for you. To begin with, the Bloomsbury Hotel is often a popular choice for various travellers visiting the heart of British Capital. Barely a hop, skip and jump away from the Covent Garden and Leicester Square, this hotel fuses the best of London designs and themes to provide an intriguing experience. Guests to the hotel can also enjoy its new-age technology, contemporary fittings and free internet access.
Moreover, even the Buckingham Hotel is a nice luxurious option . Situated close to the Russell Square tube station and British Museum, the hotel is a preferred choice of various business travellers. Its close proximity to several business hubs and central London locales, along with meeting and banquet facilities, allows the business travellers to build their network.
And lastly, redefining luxury and panache is the Grange Holborn Hotel situated in the near vicinity of Bloomsbury. If you wish to enjoy an indulging stay in the heart of London, comprising of a 13 metre huge pool, luxury spa, sauna, tennis court and more, this is the exact option that you are looking for. Being minutes away from Holborn Tube Station, Covent Garden, British Museum and Trafalgar Square, the 5-star accommodation offers the best of luxury in the lap of exquisite London. 
Now that you have taken care of your accommodation, we can possible go about discussing your plans of exploring Bloomsbury (and other central London attractions). The culturally rich district has a number of parks, museums, art galleries, shopping centres and other attractions to offer. We shall briefly cover each one of that below:
The 3 Important Squares

When in Bloomsbury, do think of taking a relax stroll around the popular squares dating much back in time. The Bedford Square, Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square are important locales of this district, offering the most compelling and quiet sights upholding important history.
To begin with, the Bedford Square was built between 1775 and 1783, and the area is names after the Dukes of Bedford, who were predominantly the landlords of Bloomsbury during those times. The square has a private garden of its own, with various buildings showcasing the remnants of the Georgian Era. Although most of the buildings in this square are now serving as offices, one can also find delight boutique hotels here. Besides, the Architectural Association School of Architecture exists here.
Furthermore, Russell Square is an important part of Central London, enveloping the profound, British Museum. This biggest square in London, was carved by the 5th Duke of Bedford established this enormous square, which currently enjoys the Numero Uno status in London squares. If you wish to hang out near the British Museum, enjoy intriguing Bloomsbury cafes, or just say “Hi!” to the huge statue of the Duke of Bedford, you can easily do all of that in Russell Square. 
And lastly, we have the Bloomsbury Square with us. Situated close to the Russell Square and Holborn underground station, Lord Southampton in 1665, established the square. At present, the Square flaunts a bevy of beautiful and coveted townhouses, Victorian buildings and terraces surrounding it.

3 Important Museums

Just like an island is surrounded with water, Bloomsbury is surrounded by museums – and bookshops and galleries. Hence, any artistic and explorative soul can easily loose the measure of time, while swaying around the serene and eloquently silent lanes of Bloomsbury. Although it is quite impossible for us to cover all the museums around Bloomsbury, we have still picked up top 3. If nothing else, you must at least explore these amazing collections of our history, tradition and of course, literature.
1.The British Museum – Situated on the Great Russell Road, this enormous museum contains a huge compilation of world history and artifacts. Carrying influential imprints of the Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Greek civilizations, the museum also flaunts Rosetta stone. Besides, if you were to look outside Egypt and Elgin Marbles, you would surely find more mummies in this museum, then anywhere else in the world. Furthermore, this entire trip to our intriguing past comes without you having to spend a single penny! Yes! The visit to British Museum is absolutely free! Also, the place hosts some of the best cafes and shops in its vicinity, so you can confirm your stay in Bloomsbury, and visit this marvel a couple of times, to enjoy its intriguing wealth, to the fullest!
2. Charles Dickens Museum – If you have grown up reading the classic work of Charles Dickens, this museum is going to uphold a strong sentimental value for you. The museum has formerly been the home of Dickens, and now contains a plethora of his writings, furniture, paintings and other items.
3.Cartoon Museum – For a fan-boy or a fan-girl, this place is nothing less than heaven. Containing one of the biggest collections of cartoons and comics, this museum is a site to adore. Besides, it allows free entry for anyone who is under 18 years of age. Thus, hop off the Tottenham Court Road tube station and walk in to this exciting museum.

While you are hanging around the lanes of Bloomsbury, how nice would it be if we get you to visit the trendiest shopping markets around? Whether you wish to pick stuff for yourself or get some souvenirs, these shopping streets offer the best choice. If you think it is about time you indulged in some fervent shopping, the Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury is going to be your Mecca! 
A trip down the Lamb’s Conduit market offers exotic and exquisite surprises, especially the ones that include free wine – at several different occasions. You may start your tryst with the street by visiting the Darkroom, a geometric palace flaunting the best of handmade accessories from women, men and home. And if you would like to get more variety on decors, fabrics and ceramics, visit the Ben Pentreath shop. Besides, if you find yourself in the mood of exploring some forgotten female authors, especially in this land of Virgina Woolf, Persephone Books is an intriguing publishing house featuring the same. On your way to exit, you might want to indulge in some scrumptious Italian delicacies at the Ciao Bello. Lastly, if you are a whiskey person, a visit to the Royal Mile Whiskies is a must. Situated on 3, Bloomsbury Street, London, the store hosts the choicest selection of whiskeys, bourbons and other alcoholic drinks. You may contact the store at 0131 524 9380, and plan a visit sometime soon.

3 Important Book Shops

And if your visit to the Persephone Books has only left you wanting to more, we come bearing good news for you. We understand that you would want to breathe into the tranquillity of Bloomsbury fully. Perhaps, by sitting in the quiet settings of a dusty old book shop and romancing with your favourite literature. It is easy to find several Italian and French cafes, bars and alfresco options, but should you want to browse through a world-class collection of books and literature, several bookshops in Bloomsbury flaunts one of the most delightful and awe-inspiring collections.
To begin with, we suggest every book lover should visit the London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury. Located in 14, Bury Place, WC1A 2JL, the shop flaunts the best stock of books, in exquisite condition. Besides, the staff over there is actually well-informed and is always too keen on helping the visitors. Besides, the store hosts real book reading events, where one can actually discuss the literature at length and mingle with various other literature enthusiasts. You may reach the store owners at 020-7269- 9030 for any further queries.
Moving on, people who have always been fascinated by graphic novels, comic strips and more would really appreciate visiting the Gosh! Bloomsbury bookstore. Along with comics and graphic novels, the store also reserves its shelves for independent mini comics and manga. The store can be found at 39, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3PH, and their contact number is 020-7636-1011.
Finally, should you have any interest in exploring the lives and literature of the sexual minorities, our LGBT counterparts, we suggest you visit Gay’s the Word book store. Existing since 1979, close to the Russell Square Tube station, at 66, Marchmont Street, the store is the market leader in the field of Gay fiction and academic stock.

So, Bloomsbury is one district in Camden, London, where you can find enough cafes, bars and pubs while walking down the street. It is quite easy to come across several French and Italian cafes and bars, while taking a random stroll down the roads. However, with the intent to facilitate your convenience, we have listed a few special options.
To begin with, the Life goddess offers delight Greek deli cuisines. Located at 29, Store Street, the restaurant is famous for its trendy decors with rusty edges. You may enquire further at +44 20 7637 2401. 
Furthermore, Salaam Namaste is an interesting Indian themed restaurant situated at 68, Millman Street. Walking distance from the Russell Square tube station, the restaurant serves exotic Indian dishes, and is extremely easy on pocket. You may call +44 20 7405 3697 for further enquiries. 
And while talking about Indian cuisines, how can we not mention the Chettinad. As a popular destination for South Indian Cuisines, this restaurant located on Percy Street, is a real crowd puller. If you have any further queries, feel free to contact them at 020-3556-1229. 
Also, if you would like to enjoy the best of pie, food, wining and dining, we suggest you visit the Newman Arms, located at 23, Rathbone St London. With an eclectic pub and delicious pie recipes, this is an ideal afternoon haunt for any Bloomsbury traveller. You may enquire further at +44 20 7636 1127.
And if you are looking to visit a spectacular bar, Holborn Whippet, Bloomsbury is an interesting option. You get to select your drink from a wide selection of exotic beers, besides you have an enthusiastic barman, more than eager to dispense taste notes and advices. If you are looking for a cost effective and interesting bar to visit, this bar, located at 25-29 Sicilian Avenue, is a nice option. You may get your further queries addressed by calling them at 020-3137-9937.
The Compelling Neighbourhood of Bloomsbury

There is a reason why Bloomsbury is a popular choice. And that is because anything that you ever heard of saw about London, is either in Bloomsbury, or exists in its near vicinity. As you are staying near Bedford place and walking down the quiet, sophisticated lanes of Bloomsbury, you might want to hang out at its various neighbours, and derive a creamy experience. Let us now discuss the 3 major neighbourhoods that are a must for any Bloomsbury visitor.

1. Westminster

You need to visit Westminster in order to prove to your friends and family that you have actually been to London. Seriously, no London trip is over without a selfie showing London or Palace of Westminster in the background. Besides, the popular hub of every social and cultural activity, Trafalgar Square is also located in the City of Westminster. This Bloomsbury neighbourhood also flaunts several other popular locations, such as, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben. Spare a few hours for visiting this place, and gather memorable memories from your retreat to the Capital.

2. West End

Fashion, theatre, shopping, food and drinks – if any of these words have a special place in your heart, you have got to visit the West End neighbourhood of Bloomsbury at least once. Whether you wish to shop at the epic shopping destinations – the Regent Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street, or catch up a later afternoon show at the Theatres, this is the best destination for you. Besides, there is always something or the other happening at the Leicester Square or Covent Garden, and hence your visit to West End is going to be nothing less than mind-boggling! 

3. Soho

Perched artistically between West End and Westminster, is our much adored London destination, Soho.  If at any point of your stay, you wish to up the thrill quotient a bit, visiting London’s dark underbelly, Soho, is a must! Offering you the best of sleaze, glamour, celebrities-craving-anonymity, sexual liberties, razzmatazz and nightlife, Soho is where the actual fun is! Besides, when we say nightlife, we actually mean it – with the largest collection of bars, pubs, gastro-pubs and more, Soho really knows how to party like a rock-star! If, for a night or more, you feel like being more adventurous and turn up the heat, do visit the Soho district which is right down the corner from the Bloomsbury Square.

And Finally, Get Up Now! Bloomsbury Awaits your Arrival!

So now, you have all the information that you need, and are in the position to travel safely and smartly from Oxford to London. Besides, you also have a clearly defined idea of the things to do and different places to hangout in Bloomsbury. We, at Londonhotels4u.com, sincerely hope that the information provided here would aid you in making the perfect travel choice. If you have got any further queries, or opinions to share, feel free to drop them in the comments section below. Wishing for your safe and captivating stay, we shall bid you adieus now!
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