Central London is an exciting part of town to stay on holiday in London. It is the cultural and social hub of the city, with numerous attractions to visit and some of the best eateries in town. A fabulous place for culture lovers to explore in central London is Bloomsbury, which is part of the Museum Mile area.
If you are interested in visiting many of the museums mentioned in the post, then you will be happy to know that there is an abundance of accommodation in the area. Like The Montcalm at Brewery London City Hotel which is well located close to all of the below attractions and is just one of many options in the area.
Some of the top museums in and around Bloomsbury are as follows:
Foundling Museum: The Foundling Museum was established to honour the sterling work completed by a former hospital for abandoned babies. Thomas Coram, a famous philanthropist set it up in assistance with composer George Handel and artist William Hogarth. The site houses a permanent collection of artwork donated to the hospital. The museum hosts a number of temporary exhibitions with the purpose of promoting charity and raising pertinent issues about child welfare. When you visit keep an eye out for a permanent sculpture on the fence, which encircles Coram’s Field. Sculptor Tracey Emin created it.
London Transport Museum: A wonderful place to visit and learn about the way different modes of public transport developed in London over the years. From learning about the pioneering steam driven trains, to trams and other popular public transport options, there is plenty to see and do at the London Transport Museum. The kids in particular will be enthralled seeing the many transport models up on display.
The Art Workers’ Guild: Located in a majestic Grade II Listed property, the Art Worker’s Guild is located in the centre of Bloomsbury. Founded by a body of engineers and architects, it was established with the desire to equally promote both, applied and fine arts. As a result many of the early members of the guild were part of the Arts and Craft Movement, who left an indelible imprint on the stunning interiors of the museum.
British Museum: Probably the most famous of museums in London, it attracts millions of visitors every year. Its majestic neo-classical facade makes it stand apart in the area, with the museum home to a gigantic collection of rare and priceless treasures from across the globe. These include the world-famous Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marbles. An entire wing hosts outstanding temporary exhibits covering an eclectic range of subjects ranging from Pop Art to the Vikings. Apart from large-scale events, the Prints and Drawing Room plays host to a variety of free exhibitions.
Wellcome Collection: For those interested in learning more about the history of medicine and its evolution through the ages, make it a point to visit the Wellcome Collection museum. The museum is home to the very renowned Wellcome Library and plays host to numerous temporary exhibitions, on a regular basis.
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: All of those fascinated by Egypt and its archaeological treasures will be delighted to visit the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. The incredible antiquities found here include the oldest dress, an ornate coffin of Nairytisitnefer (750 BC) to thousands of pieces of pottery. A fascinating place to see and relive the past glory of the magnificent Egyptian civilisation!
Charles Dickens Museum: Charles Dickens was frequently on the move when he stayed in London, having stayed at 15 different addresses in the city. One of his former homes where he stayed for two years is now the Charles Dickens Museum. He stayed here in 1837 and it was where he penned two of his famous works Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. Visitors can find a number of first editions, letters and manuscripts of Dickens in the museum along with an early portrait of his.
October Gallery: A gallery that houses contemporary art, it has as its theme “transvangarde”. Since 1979, it is promoting the works of some of the best international contemporary artists under one roof. Its programmes are a mix of writing, visual arts and poetry.
Paul Stolper: The gallery plays host to an exceptional mix of top British artists including Peter Blake, Damien Hirst and Jeremy Diller. It is bang opposite the British Museum, in a former shop with a traditional facade.
Herald Street: The Herald Street gallery is the second such space in the museum mile area, with the first at Bethnal Green. Its inaugural exhibition featured the solo art creations of Michael Dean, a former Turner Prize nominee.
Tour the area: Tread along the same path taken by famous writers and artists, who were part of the famed Bloomsbury Group, and enjoy a walking tour of Bloomsbury Square, Fitzroy and Gordon. Along the route, you will find numerous blue plaques, which indicate the homes of the former illustrious residents of the area. There are several guided walking tours of Bloomsbury, for those curious to learn more about the inhabitants and history of the place.
Top places to grab a bite
Sicilian Avenue: Italy is famous for its exceptional culinary offerings, with Sicilian cuisine among the most prized cuisines. Visit the pedestrian area of Sicilian Avenue, which is easy to spot with its classical columns. The food is exceptional with authentic Sicilian dishes. Alternative spots to grab a bite include Planet of the Grapes and Holborn Whippet in the area.
Espresso Room: If you fancy a takeaway, make a beeline to the small Espresso Room, where you will find an assortment of baked goodies and amazing coffee to sustain you through the afternoon. Despite its small size the place is very popular!
Mary Ward Centre Café: If you fancy having a more wholesome meal, visit the Mary Ward cafe, which offers a wonderful selection of vegetarian fare with an Italian theme. They serve a wide choice of pasta, salads and other traditional Italian dishes.