Bloomsbury on a Budget

Bloomsbury on a Budget

Friday, 29 December 2023
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Positioned in the very heart of central London, our neighbourhood is known for its rich literary history, cultural institutions and picturesque garden squares. But are you wondering how to have an affordable London trip whilst staying in Bloomsbury? There are plenty of budget-friendly activities for all ages in the area. In this handy guide, discover Bloomsbury without breaking the bank. 

  • Visit Free Museums and Galleries 

It’s no secret that the British Museum is the main attraction in Bloomsbury. Just a short two-minute walk from the Imperial London Family of Hotels, you can access the British Museum for FREE during your visit. The museum is big enough to spend a whole day there; exploring the many rooms and artefacts. A great option for families, couples or the curious solo traveller – learn and enrich yourself without spending a penny. 

  • Stroll through Bloomsbury Squares (Green Spaces and Parks) 
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Appreciate the charming garden squares in the neighbourhood that have characterised Bloomsbury for over one hundred years. Explore Russell Square, Bedford Square, Gordon Square and many more – the perfect places to increase your daily steps and take a breather.  

  • Explore Bookshops and Libraries 

Bloomsbury has a fantastic array of bookshops which you simply won’t get anywhere else in London. The Persephone Bookshop and Judd Books are ideal choices for budget travellers. These literary havens sell second-hand books, so you can find classic, modern or non-fiction reads for cheap prices. The Senate House Library, although a private research library, often plays host to academic talks if you’re looking to broaden your mind for free. Or stroll further on, over the boundary of Bloomsbury into King’s Cross and visit the British Library, which is free to go inside. 

  • Attend Free Events 

Bloomsbury is a very community focused neighbourhood and attracts residents and large numbers of tourists to their free events each year. Get stuck into the community spirit of the Bloomsbury Festival, an October week-long event which brings people together through creative arts and theatre. Or attend a wellbeing walk hosted throughout the year, where you can meet new people and boost your wellbeing whilst walking in the area with a knowledgeable guide.  

  • Have a Picnic 
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Are you in London for spring or summer? On warmer days, tempt yourself into having a picnic in one of Bloomsbury’s parks and gardens. Whether you’d like to tuck into a takeaway pizza or enjoy a classic British picnic complete with pork pies, coronation chicken sandwiches, strawberries, apples, ginger beer and biscuits – a picnic can be made just how you like it – and an affordable option for lunch in London. Families can further enjoy the Coram’s Fields outdoor playground before settling down for a picnic. 

  • Grab Affordable Eats 

Eat out on a budget in Bloomsbury by visiting local cafes, such as Blooms for a slice of cake and a cappuccino, or head to Bloomsbury Farmer’s Market open every Thursday. The farmer’s market has an array of wallet-friendly street food, from Mexican wraps to katsu curry. Plus freshly baked bread and fruit stands.

  • Stay in a Budget-Friendly Hotel 

For an affordable hotel in Bloomsbury, look no further than the Royal National Hotel positioned in the very heart of the neighbourhood. Providing rooms with all the amenities you need, and with dining options on the doorstep – Royal National Hotel is the perfect option for the budget traveller. 

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The hotel’s atmosphere is buzzy and exciting, the perfect place to begin your adventures. For a more subdued and slower-paced feel, the Tavistock Hotel, next door to Royal National also has brilliant rooms at low cost
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