Bloomsbury Coffee House

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Bloomsbury Coffee House
Rob Greig

Russell Square is an inevitable part of student life in London. Most students can, on cue, moan extensively about the lack of characterful but cheap places to eat in the area – especially ones where you can use free wi-fi to your heart’s content.

Bloomsbury Coffee House is a daytime basement café that solves this problem. Owned by a young couple, the café has two rooms, wooden floors and quaintly mismatched furniture and crockery.

The menu is short, but sufficient: three or four lunch options plus a selection of cakes, most made on the premises. On weekends classic breakfasts are served. Our full-bodied tomato soup with chorizo was almost stew-like, and the welsh rarebit was made with proper bread.

Our chocolate brownie was like a cake but somehow even better for it, and the pumpkin pie featured well-made pastry.

The ‘coffee house’ moniker is no false claim. The beans are from Allpress, and both our espresso and cappuccino were full flavoured and expertly made.

Bloomsbury Coffee House is a cosy place to hang out with your laptop, read a book, and nibble some cake. The prices are hard to beat too, and even better if you flash a student card for a 10 per cent discount.


Venue name: Bloomsbury Coffee House
Address: 20 Tavistock Place
Opening hours: 8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 8-10.30am Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Russell Square
Price: Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £15
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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A quaint little cafe in one of my favourite parts of London, selling all manner of sugary pick me ups that are especially appreciated on a rainy work day. Russell square is a medics dream, with the British Medical Association being just down the road and Great Ormand Street children's hospital being similarly close. The hospital's tribute to Peter Pan is located just outside the main entrance, as all royalties from this go towards life saving treatment. 

Have a wander around the area after a very British tea of Earl Grey and Treacle cake and you will find yourself learning far more about our Institutions and history than you bargained for. 


Came here when meeting a friend near Euston. Cosy little cafe with plenty of food choices to keep meat lovers to vegans happy. Reasonable prices to boot-- whats not to love??

Helen W

I love this little cafe so so much. The food is prepared with real love and is absolutely delicious. I also think it serves one of the best 'flat whites' in London.

Maria-Lisa G

Great coffee, wonderful cakes, inventive lunches AND venue of Ad Parnassum's high quality concerts, performances and talks with #CultureintheCoffeeHouse

Lucia G

The coffee smells and tastes wonderful; the food varied and delicious. A unique place to frequent; Also some cultural events are hosted there to enjoy and engage in.

Vlad G

A fantastic place for a takeaway coffee or tea, lunch or a place for a meeting. Cakes and brownies are delicious! And all staff members are friendly, helpful, attentive and simply great - I have never left a Bloomsbury Coffee House without a smile on my face

Tanya T

So original, fabulous menu which changes daily, lovely friendly staff and a hidden gem in London town.

Paul A

A very pleasant place not far from the British Library, with proper chairs instead of stools or benches. Lots of seating for your free wifi use.

Hans G

I love the coffee and staff are friendly, it can be overcrowded at times and can be loud especially at lunchtimes


Good coffee, brilliant cakes under £5 and free wifi... Nice and quiet in a rather busy area.


Had a nice relaxing time at Bloomsbury Cafe. I had a cappuccino , sandwich and iced cake after a morning meeting in the area. All food was carfully prepared and staff were extremely friendly and attentive. The iced cake was yummy .Will definitely be back again soon to try the cooked lunch from special's board. A little gem of a place :)


Wonderful and really friendly service. Wish the opening hours were longer!


Gorgeous cakes and coffee complemented by great background music. Delighted with this place. Shame the opening hours are so short on a Saturday though.


Hidden gem in Russell Square with a small but perfectly formed menu of hearty mains and scrumptious homemade treats. I had a flavoursome minestrone soup that was packed full of juicy vegetables followed by an iced cinnamon bun that was so fresh it was still warm - all washed down nicely with a couple of teas from their wide range (the chilli chai tea was especially delicious). A cosy coffee house perfect for escaping the hustle of London - top marks!


Had a white americano and a pistachio cookie which was very nice, free wifi was good idea although didn't use it, will keep this place to myself, staff very plesant

Danielle Couper

Really friendly coffee shop that has amazing home made food and coffee. I absolutely love the honey buns! Highly recommended, a must visit when in Russell square or close by.