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School of Life
Start with an enlightening evening masterclass at the School of Life. Their humorous bitesize sessions can help you work on anything from how to be more confident in social situations, to how to find love. You’ll need to book in advance, as sessions often sell out fast, but if you fancy an impromptu visit their shop is also well worth a look, and is filled with quirky books, games and stationary.
70 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB, UK +44 20 7833 1010
Head back to The Bloomsbury for a late dinner al fresco at Dalloway Terrace. Share a classic swiss cheese fondue, then head to The Coral Room and try a new English sparkling wine from the vast selection on the drinks menu.
16-22 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN +44 207 347 1221
Grant Museum of Zoology
Grab coffee and a pastry and enjoy breakfast in the peaceful Bloomsbury Square Garden. Then set off for the incredible Grant Museum of Zoology. Here you’ll find everything from dodo bones to a collection of brains from around the world. It may be somewhat gruesome at times, but a visit to this bizarre collection is always ultimately fascinating.
Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6DE, UK +44 20 3108 2052
Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market
Head to the Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market, which is open from 9am-2pm on Thursdays in Torrington Square. You’ll find a huge range of seasonal British produce on offer, including asparagus and strawberries in May, peas in June, and cherries in July. And if you don’t fancy picking up any raw ingredients, there are some great food stalls too – think fresh pizzas, sausage sandwiches and hot pies – all to take away.
Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7JJ, UK +44 20 7833 0338
Honey & Co
On other days you might want to head over to Honey & Co in Fitzrovia. Run by husband and wife Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, this Middle Eastern restaurant serves traditional teas, including rose and cinnamon, and Persian lemon and fennel, while their signature dessert of cold cheesecake, kadaif pastry and raw Essex honey is legendary.
25 Warren St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5LZ, UK +44 20 7388 6175
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology
It’s time for more culture, at The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology, which is found towards Russell Square. Over 80,000 objects are contained in the museum, making it one of the most significant collections of Egyptian and Sudanese artifacts in the world, and it’s incredible what you can see – from one of the earliest pieces of Egyptian linen, to old wills and veterinary accounts on papyrus paper. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5pm.
Malet Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT, UK +44 20 7679 2884
Bloomsbury Club Bar
Walk back to the hotel and enjoy a farewell drink at the Bloomsbury Club Bar. You’ll find a vast range of spirits, including a number of rare whiskeys, along with cocktails inspired by the artists and intellectuals of the notorious Bloomsbury Set.
16-22 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN +44 20 7347 1222