#travellinkup: A perfect London staycation at The Bloomsbury Hotel

London is sprinkled with gems that sparkle in rich history. Such is The Bloomsbury Hotel, a beautiful Georgian red brick at the heart of London’s literary district. Part of the Doyle Collection, it’s definitely the perfect place for a staycation in the city because it’s so central – in fact possibly the most central of hotels in the city.

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The hotel sits in a Grade II listed neo-Georgian building designed in the 1930s by none other than Sir Edwin Lutyens.

dsc01327-3dsc01330-3 dsc01331-3 dsc01329-3After the The Bloomsbury’s restoration in 2009, many of Sir Lutyens’ original creations were retained. There’s the beautiful stone entrance, the old school glammed up lobby, to the on-site chapel with spider back chairs.

The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreThe Bloomsbury has 153 guestrooms and offers free in-room WiFi, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace.

The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreI stayed in one of The Bloomsbury’s Studio Suites. Decorated in a rich colour palette of reds and mauves, this 40 sq m. corner room is indulgently spacious.

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The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreThere’s dark wooden furniture but the space is light and decadent. With velvet upholstered armchairs, an uber-comfy king-size bed, beautiful rugs (that remind me of Tory Burch patterns), the 40 sq m studio suites are indulgently spacious.

The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreThe room itself is impressive, but the Italian marbled bathroom screams opulence.

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The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreI mean, this gorgeous freestanding roll top bath was everything I ever wanted in a staycation. Talk about luxurious, indulgent, relaxed comfort.

The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreThe Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreThe Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreOther amenities in The Bloomsbury’s studio suites include iPod docking stations, Nespresso coffee machines, 40″ flat screens with Sky Sports and BT Sports, and a good amount of reading material.

You almost wouldn’t want to leave the room.

Dinner at The Dalloway Terrace

I went downstairs for dinner at The Bloomsbury’s veranda restaurant, Dalloway Terrace. I know they have a pretty decent afternoon tea offering but I’ve not tried their actual food, so I was pretty excited.

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It was a night of indulgence, so excuse me whilst I show you what I liked.

Dalloway TerraceSeared scallops served with an beautifully cooked artichoke. The scallops were definitely tasty, if not ever so slightly undercooked. I think eight more seconds on the pan would’ve made this perfect.

Dalloway TerraceThe crispy soft shell crab was a winner. Served with a tangy dressing which I thought balanced the whole dish incredibly. I loved the small but pungent serving of greens and spring onions which gave the crab a good kick.

Dalloway TerraceThe 6-0z beef fillet was definitely juicy although I would have preferred a little bit more seasoning. The peppercorn sauce was rather thick, but delivered on flavour.

Dalloway TerraceThe mixed seafood grill was a delight and is definitely a bargain. It changes, depending on the daily catch. I managed to get a plate of salmon, seabass, dover sole and prawn. Each fillet was super fresh but as with the steak, I thought it could’ve done with a bit of salt and pepper.

Dalloway Terrace Dalloway TerraceA pot of French fries and a pot of aubergine “chips” rounded the meal. The fries were fresh (but again, needed salt) whereas the aubergine chips came battered and drizzled with honey. Definitely liked the latter more.

Dalloway TerraceOh, and Tommy’s Margarita was a good dinner cocktail. I dunno who Tommy is but darn, he knows how to work his tequila!

Dalloway TerracePunters at Dalloway during dinner time seemed to consist of date night rollers and travellers staying at the hotel. It’s a gorgeous space with the trellis lit with fairy lights and plush seating with blankets.

I was too full at this point so I decided to order my dessert for room service. I ordered a pretty tasty Valhrona choccy mousse cake with salted caramel ice cream. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of it…

The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next Shore…because I had other things in mind.


Dalloway Terrace livened massively at brunch time. Tables are filled with groups of all ages and chit chat was fab. Also, you can see how beautiful the terrace is.

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The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreDefinitely a fab place for brunch with friends and mates alike!

The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreMy lobster and mango salad was pretty tight. I would’ve hoped for a bit more leaves to soak up the rich dressing but it was decent for a light brunch. I’m so glad my allergies didn’t act up!

The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreCoffee was spot on, too!

Before I left, there was just one thing to do… The Bloomsbury Hotel by The Girl Next ShoreSeriously, long warm baths are the bomb!


The Bloomsbury Hotel is absolutely fantastic and I’d recommend it for more than just a staycation as it ticks the boxes big time.

  • Location is super central, which means you can have almost anything at your doorstep and a lot of London attractions are nearby.
  • Service is freaking awesome. From personalised welcome packs and phone greetings, to bottled water each time you leave the hotel, to the warm hospitality of staff. I was really impressed.
  • Dalloway Terrace is a beautiful place to wind down and eat with friends. It’s picturesque and the coffee game is strong! You MUST try their afternoon tea.
  • You can enjoy libations at the beautiful bar. The bar is open til 2am so you can sip their beautiful cocktails before heading back to your room.
  • The Italian marbled bathrooms. The separate bath (available from Deluxe Rooms) seriously made my stay a stellar one.

So if you are planning a London staycation or if you have buddies planning on visiting the capital, I’d highly recommend a fab stay at The Bloomsbury Hotel.

The Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B
My stay was complimentary but as always, views are my own.

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    • Honey de Gracia
      7th November 2016 / 12:06 am

      It’s a very good hotel and I highly recommend it! x

      • Honey de Gracia
        10th November 2016 / 6:33 pm

        Me too, Tanja! So pretty!

  1. 6th November 2016 / 10:20 pm

    That bath really is the perfect!! I’m so glad that you had a lovely pampered stay.

    • Honey de Gracia
      7th November 2016 / 12:05 am

      Thanks darling – and thanks to your bloggers tea! The staff really looked after me and it couldn’t have come at a right time! x

  2. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    9th November 2016 / 1:36 am

    That bath

    • Honey de Gracia
      10th November 2016 / 6:33 pm

      …is so lush!

    • Honey de Gracia
      15th November 2016 / 11:58 pm

      Absolutely beautiful rooms! You should totally go! x

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