Brunswick

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Brunswick Centre
Bloomsbury

Conceived as an experimental retail and social housing complex in the 1960s, the Brunswick was neglected throughout the 1980s and ’90s. In 2006, however, the Grade II-listed centre was given a much-needed £24 million facelift by an architectural partnership that included the building’s original designer, Patrick Hodgkinson. The concrete-heavy complex has retained its 1960s character but it is now brighter, whiter and considerably more popular. The retail outlets are largely of the high street chain variety (there’s French Connection, Benetton, Joy, Space NK, Hobbs, Oasis), but on a summer evening the central walkway buzzes with shoppers and diners (at Apostrophe, Carluccio’s, Yo! Sushi and Strada, among other eateries) creating a lively continental vibe. And the crowning glory is still here – the arthouse Renoir cinema.

Venue name: Brunswick
Contact:
Address: Hunter Street, Bernard Street & Marchmont Street
London
WC1N 1BS
Opening hours: Open varies
Transport: Tube: Russell Square rube or King's Cross tube/rail

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Carly-Ann Clements
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When I used to work on Gray's Inn Road about four years ago, Brunswick Centre was always buzzing and full of life. Now, it's in need of a little TLC again. Though most of the shops from the review remain, some of the eateries have been replaced by other chains but there are more supermarkets within. Though it's not an unpleasant place, it seems to have loss some of its functionality as a nice place to meet with friends and now serves as a quick place to possibly grab a bite for lunch or just before going to the cinema.


The new Curzon, however, is really quite lovely and quaint making it feel a lot more upmarket than it actually is.