London Bloomsbury Midtown Tour

Explore the refined squares of Bloomsbury – home to radicals and pioneers

Bloomsbury in London is a sort of urban oasis sandwiched in between the shopping and socialising centre of Westminster to the West or the frantic Financial District to the East. It certainly has its own character; the cool garden squares and wide streets of Bloomsbury have been a pull to radical thinkers for centuries. It was in Bloomsbury that

  • Karl Marx refined his pioneering thoughts about Communism
  • Virginia Woolf, as a leading light of the outrageously liberal Bloomsbury set, defined the twentieth-century British novel
  • Charles Darwin first conceived the theory of natural selection
  • Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement, came to London to study law at nearby University College London
  • The Pankhurst sisters, pioneers of women’s suffrage and the Suffragettes, lived and played as young girls

As London’s intellectual centre Bloomsbury is not only home to great academic institutions but also some of London’s finest but also quirkiest cultural institutions:

  • The British Museum – is home to more than eight million artefacts including such famous pieces as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles. The museum beautifully illustrates the story of human culture from all around the world, from its beginnings right through to the present day
  • The Dickens Museum – the only surviving residence of the great 19th Century author, Charles Dickens. It evokes the life of the writer and includes his original writing desk. It’s here that he broke into the world of celebrity after the publication of Oliver Twist
  • The Foundling Museum – this place bore witness to the great poverty of London’s past. Mothers with babies born in unfortunate circumstances, usually out of wedlock, were subject to a lottery to see if their infants would be accepted by Cpt. Thomas Coram’s charitable institution. Famous supporters included the composer George Frederick Handel and Charles Dickens

There are many beautiful squares and gardens in Bloomsbury, which makes this an attractive area to explore on foot. Let one of our Blue Badge Tourist Guides help you to explore this charming part of London’s landscape and bring the many iconic characters to life.


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