Russell Square, a large garden square in Bloomsbury area of Camden

Take a walk through the history of Bloomsbury

Keep your eyes peeled

Blue plaques

With such an unmatched reputation when it comes to housing intellectual and artistic communities, it is no surprise that Bloomsbury has deep connections with a whole host of leading luminaries. As you traverse the beautiful, historic streets keep your eyes peeled for the little blue plaques that identify the notable people that made this area their home. Here are our top picks of ones to look out for.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) – A pioneer whose contributions to the field of evolutionary biology – namely, that evolution’s pattern results from natural selection – have led to him being considered one of the most influential figures in human history. You can find Charles Darwin’s plaque at the Biological Sciences Building, University College.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) – One of the finest Victorian novelists, and his works are still widely read today. Dickens’ novels are particularly renowned for their vivid characters and their unflinching depictions of the abject poverty that plagued Victorian society. You can find Charles Dickens’ plaque at 48 Doughty Street.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) – A member of the fabled Bloomsbury Group, Woolf is widely considered to be one of the most significant figures of modernist literature, with many of her novels innovatively employing stream of consciousness as a narrative device. You can find Virginia Woolf’s plaque at 29 Fitzroy Square.

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) – Keynes was also a member of the Bloomsbury Group, along with proving one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. In Time magazine’s words, “his radical idea that governments should spend money they don’t have may have saved capitalism." You can find John Maynard Keynes’ plaque at 46 Gordon Square.

Dining in Bloomsbury

Green spaces

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Oxford Street

Europe’s busiest shopping street, with roughly half a million daily visitors, houses several flagship stores for globally renowned brands, along with a number of buildings listed for their historic value. The Christmas lights on display throughout November and December never fail to enchant its visitors.

The West End

Embrace the neon-illuminated chaos of Piccadilly Circus, take in the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square, sip fashionable cocktails in the chic bars of Soho, feast on the delights of Chinatown, or take a stroll down theatre-filled Shaftesbury Avenue. All of these opportunities lie right on the doorstep of The Montague.

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Woburn Walk

A delightful pedestrianised street designed by Thomas Cubitt in 1822, these Georgian stucco-fronted houses face a series of trees and original gas lamps. Having survived the Blitz, the street now plays host to a smattering of charmingly quaint shops and cafes. It also counts modernist writers Dorothy Richardson and WB Yeats amongst those who had lived there.

The British Museum

The British Museum has a permanent collection of around eight million works in the fields of human history, art, and culture. The Elgin Marbles of Greece and the Rosetta Stone of Egypt rank highly amongst its most famous treasures.

Dining out

Bars and restaurants

Beauty and healthcare

Exercise classes

Pubs and bars

Nearby tube stops

Russell Square: Served by the Piccadilly line, this is the closest tube station to The Montague on the Gardens.

Holborn: Served by the Piccadilly and Central lines.

Tottenham Court Road: Served by the Northern, Central and Elizabeth lines.