Bohemian Bloomsbury

(10 customer reviews)

Holborn underground station, London (main exit, debouches onto Kingsway)

Guided by Brian or David or Jan or Tom

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Tuesday Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

What larks!

What plunges!




Hidden in plain sight off the beaten track Bloomsbury awaits us.

What larks, what plunges. Tree-lined Georgian squares…

And streets built not long after The Great Fire of London…

And expect the unexpected at every turn. Cromwell’s ‘ghost’…

Nelson’s funeral Director, Longitude, King George III and Peter Pan.

Water conduits that once ran with wine, centuries-old Georgian canopied houses, the birthplace of the Arts & Crafts movement and the most famous children’s hospital in the world.

And writers.

Here was aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey…

Here were Charles Dickens’ child chimney sweeps, here was where poets 18th century Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath married and George Orwell introduced us to Big Brother.

And this was Virginia Woolf’s neighbourhood too…

Close to The British Museum, founded with Chelsea resident Hans Sloane’s collection.

‘London specialises in hiding the best of itself.’

Nowhere more so than in Bloomsbury. As for après walk, perhaps drop in on the British Museum or have a drink at a traditional old pub, many with outside seating.


Don’t just take it from us…


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Bohemian Bloomsbury it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Bohemian Bloomsbury walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.


10 reviews for Bohemian Bloomsbury

  1. Tony

    Great insightful walk lead by David. It was an overcast day with light spots of rain but was warm throughout with tales of literary triumphs and catastrophes. It did overrun and we had to leave early to catch a train back home; leave at least 2.5 hours but it’s time well spent. You don’t actually walk that far – there is so much concentrated history to behold.

  2. Jane

    What a wonderful afternoon’s walk! We were guided, entertained, enthralled and educated by Jan, who was friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and absolutely fascinating. I know Bloomsbury quite well but Jan pointed out all sorts of places and things that I’d never noticed before. The two hours flew by and I loved every single minute.

  3. Judith Halford

    It was a fascinating walk and David is an expert on his subject. I learnt so much that was new and interesting about that part of London and the literary figures who once lived in its streets.

  4. Sheila Walkup

    Brian was entertaining AND informative. Many of us laughed out loud at almost each stop. I’ve always liked Dorothy Sayers but now, from what I’ve learned, I admire her.
    I loved the stops in the squares.


    We did this walk with Jan yesterday. She was brilliant. Extremely knowledgeable. Very pleasant. This particular walk very is interesting.

  6. Li

    I did this walk with Jan and it was wonderful. Jan is warm and knowledgeable. I learned a lot from this walk.

  7. C Kao

    Brian was very entertaining and informative , love the tour

  8. Mike Balfour

    A wonderfully multi-dimensional tour – literary, architectural, historic. David has a style of calm elegantce and tweaks one’s curiosity. He took us to hidden corners I had never seen, and pointed out features (and their associations) which I had walked past before without noticing. I thought I knew a lot about the area but I know a lot more now.

  9. Ian Dickens

    David led a large group of us, from a start point outside the Charles Dickens Museum through a labyrinth of streets, history, architecture, poetry, squares, pubs (which we occasionally frequented) and sometimes hidden bland gems which, with a bit of poetry or prose, suddenly became a vibrant part of London. A superb experience with a superb guide and I’m delighted to endorse his skills.

  10. Laura

    The best! We did the Bohemian Bloomsbury walking tour (although there were 3 others we wanted to do) what can I say…..we were 10 minutes late due to a train delay, but after a phone call, the guide – Jan – came to get us. And we are so glad she did. She had a lovely mix of enthusiasm and such a rich knowledge of so many subjects. She made the area spring to life, and had a lovely touch of humour too. She made our day, will definitely do another tour next time.

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