‘So where’s a cool place to go in London?’
It must be worst question to ask any Londoner.
We um, we ahh, our local Pizza Express springs to mind and we’re instantly annoyed with ourselves that we’re not hip enough to offer up the name of the latest hipster-cool speakeasy.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’m happy to let you know I have discovered a bar and hotel that is truly worthy of a recommendation. So here’s my tip – a night at The Bloomsbury Hotel, if you’re feeling flush, or just a cocktail at the magical Coral Room, if your overdraft looks scary.
I was lucky enough to experience the whole Bloomsbury Package on a recent overnight stay with my best mate Nicole. We hadn’t seen each other for ages so 24 hours of catching up at The Bloomsbury was the perfect way to spend a cold Friday night.
The hotel has an interesting history – designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it began its life in 1928 as the YWCA Central Club. Here women from around the world could meet up and enjoy a safe, warm place to eat and stay in central London.
Now locals and guests from overseas can enjoy the Bloomsbury’s fantastic location (a couple of minutes from Tottenham Court Road station), the hotel’s very generously sized rooms and a great menu at the spectacularly decorated Dalloway Terrace.
Our first port of call on our ultimate girls’ night out was the divine Coral Room, situated on the ground floor and open to the public as well as guests. Here, against a background of candy-coloured walls and shimmering chandeliers, we started the evening with a couple of perfectly mixed G&Ts.
Against a background of candy-coloured walls and shimmering chandeliers, we enjoyed a couple of perfectly mixed G&Ts
You can also peruse your way through a menu dedicated to English sparkling wine and whatever cocktail takes your fancy. On a Friday night, the joint was jumping, so if you’re intending to stay for more than one just one drink make sure you book a table.
Dinner at the outside Dalloway Terrace gave us time to catch up on three months of gossip over expertly cooked steaks and a fantastic bottle of red, chosen by the sommelier. For such a great hotel in this location, the prices at the restaurant are surprisingly reasonable so even if you can’t afford to stay the night, it’s well worth booking for dinner.
But the fantastic thing of course about staying the night is that you can legitimately have a nightcap (try the downstairs Bloomsbury Club Bar) before heading upstairs to bed.
Nicole and I are both bookworms so we loved all the Bloomsbury set references at the hotel and interior fans will love the expertly decorated rooms that manage to be homely and glamorous at the same time with ‘Wow! I wish I lived here’ bathrooms.
How much do I love the Bloomsbury? Well, put it this way, I’ve already been back twice. See you in the Coral Bar.
16-22 Great Russell Street WC1B 3NN. Doubles at The Bloomsbury start from £295 B&B. See doylecollection.com