Winter in Bloomsbury, London

Winter in Bloomsbury, London

Wednesday, 04 October 2023

Do you enjoy taking the time in winter to explore and relax in a new city? Join the thousands of other visitors to London who love winter travel; the fewer sightseeing crowds, fresh, crisp air and festive events have huge appeal. In particular, our Bloomsbury neighbourhood is truly special during the winter season. In the heart of central London, historic and literary Bloomsbury offers frosted garden squares and glowing windows, an inviting scene for any traveller.  Browse our guide below for your winter stay in Bloomsbury, London – so you can fill your trip with plenty of seasonal and sparkling activities! 

Whether you are planning a pre-Christmas break, Twixmas trip, January shopping spree or February couple’s stay, here are our ideas for making the most of winter in Bloomsbury: 

  • Visit the British Museum: Bloomsbury is home to the world-famous British Museum. Spend a chilly winter day by keeping warm, exploring its extensive collection of artefacts from around the world. You can even see a giant Christmas tree shimmering in the Great Court.  Why not follow up your visit with an Afternoon Tea, just around the corner from the museum, overlooking a beautiful private garden.

  • Stroll in Bloomsbury Squares: Our neighbourhood is known for its stunning garden squares, such as Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square. Even in winter, these green spaces offer a peaceful retreat from the city's hustle and bustle. They can be especially picturesque when dusted in a light layer of snow. Yes, it can snow sometimes during winter in London!  
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Snowy scenes in Russell Square

  • Discover a Literary History: Bloomsbury has strong literary connections, with famous authors like Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens who once lived in our neighbourhood. Visit the homes and landmarks associated with these authors, like the Charles Dickens Museum and the Virginia Woolf Statue in Tavistock Square
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Venture into the Charles Dickens Museum on Doughty Street.

  • Enjoy Cosy Cafes: Seek out one of Bloomsbury's charming cafes, such as Blooms café, and warm up with a cup of hot tea or coffee. It's a great way to relax and people-watch Londoners going about their day. 
  • Shop for Gifts: Browse the Brunswick Centre, a characterful retail centre where you can find a variety of shops, boutiques, and eateries. It's a great place for holiday shopping and finding unique London-themed gifts for your loved ones. 
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Enjoy Bloomsbury as a couple; from shopping together to museum tours. 


  • Museum Lates: Some museums, including the British Museum, offer special evening events known as "Museum Lates," where you can explore exhibits after hours, often accompanied by live music and entertainment. Head to their website to find out more. Or why not book a candlelit tour of the Sir John Soane's Museum, between Holborn and Bloomsbury, you'll be in for a captivating evening.

  • Winter Lights: Wrap up warm in a snug coat and wool scarf to take a stroll in Russell Square, which is known for its enchanting light displays starting in November and lasting long into January.

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