I was lucky to have a number of heavenly stays at the fabulous Bloomsbury – whilst working, during the magical sparkle of December when the festive spirit coats the smoke, and everything is that little bit more special in the dark nights, hot chocolates are fancier and even the city streets are prettier – especially the case at The Bloomsbury…
Located in the westend – on the edge of Soho – the hotel is an homage to the Bloomsbury set where you walk into a reception area that conjures up the era – recline in the welcoming lounge area by a roaring fire before heading upto your room.
I always book the Cosy – usually I am travelling with work alone but have also stayed both as a couple and with friends – either way they are perfect for just a couple of nights in the city (tip – ask for your reservation to be away from the lift). Smart and elegant, furnished in a classic palette of creams, taupes and other soothing neutral shades, twinned with luxuriously snuggly duck down duvets make for a perfect retreat after a long day. Whilst Italian marble bathrooms with heated floors and bathroom amenities offer that little bit of extra luxury.
If you visit the hotel at any time of year you are in for a treat – as one of the attractions of the hotel is the Insta famous Dalloway Terrace – in the Winter the perfect place to sip mulled wine and romance under a twinkly fairy-lit tree and in the Summer to sit under blossoms and sip a Pimms.
The beautiful outdoor, terraced restaurant had been transformed into an Alpine resort for the festive period, complete with fairy lights, white trees, sheepskin throws and hot water bottles, cheese fondue, festive films and a hearty menu of winter delights (i’ve popped a couple of pictures from a stay in October as well which was Autumnal heaven).
The styling is transformed seasonally by the master florist Wild at Heart by Nikki Tibbles with snow-covered, Narnia-like foliage.
We were met with a heartwarming welcome for an aperitif in the Coral Room – the wonderfully decorated bar – and continued with a dinner in Dalloway Terrace – before finishing with a night cap in the club.
With lots of additional touches – from wonderful service, real fires and complimentary postcards – we look forward to a return soon.
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN