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Living In Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury is steeped in history, academia and culture. Its existence and notoriety can be traced back to the 1600’s but it was primarily in the 19th century that The Duke of Bedford transformed the district into a majestic residential area.

Bloomsbury feels like a village within the heart of London. Famed for its historical residents, including Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set. Bloomsbury Properties come in many different forms from beautiful Georgian houses, 18th century mansion buildings, tasteful modern developments and new apartments. Hurford Salvi Carr have been instrumental in marketing new homes for sale and to rent in the area and also act for The Bedford Estates since 1996 in renting out their large portfolio of luxury apartments in WC1.

Bloomsbury’s popularity like its residents are understated. Bloomsbury WC1 has an established a steady residential sales and lettings housing market with a melting pot of people choosing to live here; academics, financial services, legal and creative industries all choosing Bloomsbury as their home.

Bloomsbury is conveniently located, being close to Fitzrovia, Soho, Mayfair and Covent Garden.

Sights and Attractions

Bloomsbury is home to the United Kingdom’s largest museum. The British museum houses a world-famous collection of human history objects, with over 8 million artefacts from all corners of the globe. As one of London biggest attractions, the museum continues to bring in exceptional number of tourists each year.

Next to the British museum is Senate house that is one of Britain finest examples of 1930’s art deco design that is now home to an extensive university library.

The once resident of Charles Dickens, has now turned into a museum. Located to the east of Bloomsbury, on Doughty street the Dickens museum offers visitors a unique insight into the history of the man and a chance to see where he wrote his most famous novel, Oliver Twist.

Located on the East of Bloomsbury is Gray’s Inn, it is one of four Inn’s of court in London that is the home to professional association of barristers and judges. The Inn’s have been home to law services dating back to 1370’s so the area is stepped in history.

To Bloomsbury’s south, you have the world famous West End theatres, starting on Tottenham court road with the Dominion theatre, and running to embankment where you have the Apollo, Royal Opera house, London Palladium, Theatre Royal and Adelphi to name a few. These historical institutions show what is considered the highest level of theatre globally.

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Whether you buy or rent in Bloomsbury, you will have easy access to London's vibrant entertainment scene.

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Entertainment

The epitome of Bloomsbury’s individual spirit is encapsulated in a small high street called Lamb’s Conduit street. Home to many independent restaurants and shops, there is a distinct character to the street. Brilliant for a good meal or a tipple.

This individual spirit continues on Store street, where Hurford Salvi Carr have been operating since 2007, successfully selling and renting some of the finest Bloomsbury properties in WC1. There are a number of independent restaurants and artistic stores on the street.

Once a year Store Street hosts the Store Street Festival that is an exciting themed street festival that is part of the larger annual Bloomsbury Festival that celebrates the best of Bloomsbury’s historic and current culture. Hurford Salvi Carr have been sponsoring the festival for many years.

The renovated Brunswick center offers Bloomsbury’s residents all the amenities it needs, with numerous restaurants, a large Waitrose and the Curzon cinema.

Squares and Gardens

We are blessed with some of London’s best public, private squares and green spaces. Russell square is the largest in the area it has bountiful trees, fountains, popular with visitors and residents alike.

Bloomsbury also has a large children’s only park, including farm animals and play area. Coram fields is much loved by families living in the area, it hosts events all year round, such as festivals and cinema nights for residents to enjoy.

There are also a number of private squares in Bloomsbury, that local residents can enjoy. Notably Bedford Square that dates back to 1775.

Gray’s Inn gardens that are admiringly known as ‘The walks’ have great historical significance as the current layout was designed by Sir Francis Bacon in the 17th Century. At nearly 6 acres these gardens are some of the largest privately owned in the city.

Roads and Streets

Bloomsbury’s is outlined by four major roads. To the North we have the Euston Road, to the South Theobalds road, East Grays Inn Road and the West Tottenham Court Road.

Tottenham Court Road famed for its furniture shops is home to the Heals store which has been operating on the Street since 1840’s, cementing itself as one of London’s most prestigious furniture and home ware stores, whilst Habitat’s flagship store opened in 1966. The street is undergoing an exciting transformation attracting numerous retail options and is becoming further pedestrianized, mirroring the changes of Oxford Street.

Grays Inn road (A5200) is an important connecting road for Bloomsbury as it links Kings Cross St Pancras’s International rail network to the law court of Grays Inn.

John Street which leads into Doughty Street is one of the most majestic examples of Georgian architecture in London, which in recent years has seen many houses reverting from commercial use to substantial residential homes.

Universities and Colleges

Bloomsbury’s collection of educational institutions is second to none. It is home to University College London that is one of the world finest universities. It has over 35,000 students and is in the worlds top 10 universities for 2019.

Bloomsbury is also home to Birkbeck college, SOAS, University of Law, London school of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, the Architectural Association and the famous drama and performing arts school RADA.

Schools

There are a number of schools in the area, notably the Argyle primary school and The St George the martyr church of England primary school.

A fairly new addition to the area is the Ecole Jeannie Manuel school, currently a primary school based on Bedford Square, this International school is the sister school to its Parisian namesake that has been ranked first among the French lycées for the past seven years. This school is becoming very popular with families, so much so that families are moving to Bloomsbury for their children’s education. The Jeannie Manuel school is opening a secondary school on Bedford Square in the near future that will carry on this high level of excellence.

Hospitals

One of central London’s largest hospitals University college London hospital is located between Gower streets and Tottenham Court Road. It is renowned for its research facilities and training of NHS doctors, nurses and health care assistances.

Bloomsbury is also home to The Great Ormond street hospital. That specializes in the treatment of children, world renowned for its works and research. Families from all over the globe travel here for the very best treatment for their children.

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Bloomsbury is well served by tube and train, with underground stations.

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Tube and Stations

Bloomsbury’s transportation links are great for travel across the City, the rest of the UK and even Europe.

London’s Kings Cross St Pancras is a major Mainline Station as well as the largest Underground interchange in London with access to the Circle, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. It is also home to International Eurostar connecting London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Euston station to the north of Bloomsbury connects London to the Northern cities and further afield. There are also a number of underground stations at Russell Square, Euston Square, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road offering access to West London, The City and Canary Wharf. The new Cross rail Elizabeth line is predicted to open in 2021 operating from Tottenham Court Road which will give direct access to Heathrow International Airport.

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Bloomsbury Property Prices

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The above data is based on the average value of a 500 sq ft one bedroom apartment and a 750 sq ft two bedroom apartment in the resale market for the Bloomsbury area.

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what our clients say

“Hurford Salvi Carr is our exclusive letting agent for our entire Bloomsbury residential property portfolio. We have used them on a exclusive basis since 1996 and always found them to be extremely accurate and detailed with their property apprasisals and very efficent when sourcing quality tenants.”

Head of Residential - The Bedford Estate

“Having let property for over 20 years, I had high expectations and found Hurford Salvi Carr exceeded them at every stage of the process. I received the best advice and service. In less than 2 weeks, the property was let at full asking price. You will walk away with the reassurance that you have let your property and it is being managed by a team of professional experts with your interests the priority.”

Private Landlord, Narrow Street, E14

“The service provided by Hurford Salvi Carr was both friendly and professional. I was impressed by their market knowledge of the area and the results they were able to achieve on comparative properties in the area. They had a good approach to marketing my property and fully cooperated with my wishes. They achieved an outstanding result for me in record speed – I couldn’t be happier!”

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