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Monday, 14 July 2014

Bloomsbury The Heart of London

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Euston Road serves as the northern border for Bloomsbury, while Bloomsbury Way and Theobalds Road form the southern border. Gray's Inn Road and Gower Street are the eastern and western borders respectively. As you cross into Bloomsbury traffic congestion tends to die down. This is due to London's congestion charge, which is imposed on Euston Road as one of the main roads bordering Bloomsbury ward. You will notice the better air quality in Bloomsbury because of the area's famous greenery.

Transport


You will find that Bloomsbury has three underground stations and two underground lines. The underground stations are Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (5 minutes from British Museum), Russell Square Tube Station (6 minutes from British Museum), and Holborn Tube Station (6 minutes from British Museum). The underground lines (Northern and Victoria) are taken from Euston Railway Station at King's Cross.

History


Ahh, the history of Bloomsbury! The Russell family is responsible for Bloomsbury's residential area development. This ward is located in the southern portion of Camden Borough in central London. The Russells helped put Bloomsbury on the map with its reputation for literary connections, institutions of academia, and hospitals. Famous persons like Houdini and Picasso spent portions of their lives here.

Universities and Colleges


There are quite a few colleges and universities in Bloomsbury. Mary Ward Centre, the first Oxford women's college caters to working woman and those who unable to attend due to other circumstances. There are other colleges that specifically target those students interested in information technology.

Museums


Sir Hans Sloane, a collector, physician, and naturalist, spent most of his lifetime collecting artefacts. For lb20,000, given to his heirs upon his death, he left his collection to the current when he died. Parliament passed an Act setting up the British Museum in 1753. The collection stayed in the original Montague House until 1857. The Petrie Museum was established in 1892 through writer Amelia Edwards' will. The focus was Egyptian artefacts. Brunei Gallery's focus is historical and contemporary Middle Eastern, Asian, and African artefacts.

The Foundling Museum


Thomas Coram, a wealthy sea captain, didn't like children living in poverty. He set up the Foundling Hospital. The art collection that the museum would purchase in 1998 was started in 1740. The "Picture Room" was set up to keep the collection safe.

Dickens Museum


As soon as the Dickens Fellowship bought Charles Dickens' home, they opened it as a museum. They no longer own it. Only one room is decorated in the period of Dickens' lifetime. The rest of the rooms display artefacts from his life.

Theatre/Cinema


The Bloomsbury Theatre is one of two active theatres in Bloomsbury. It was established in 1968 originally as The Central Collegiate Building Auditorium, then The Collegiate Theatre. That changed to The Bloomsbury Theatre in 1982, reflecting the associations with the artistic world. The Drill Hall was built in 1882 for drilling the Bloomsbury Rifles. Artistic influence took over in 1984. The Curzon Renoir was established in 2008 and the Odeon was established in 1930.

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