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Bloomsbury Club Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Bloomsbury
4 out of 5 stars
Bloomsbury Club Bar
Venue says A secret haven for the approaching colder nights, open from 5pm every day!

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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An unstuffy hotel bar with a stunning, starry terrace.

With a twinkly, cosy, vine-clad terrace beckoning us into The Bloomsbury Club bar from the street, I was taken aback by the frosty manager who said there’d be no space – outside or in – for me and my friend for at least two hours. Perhaps we weren’t as preened as the average punter. But on a detour (okay, snoop) around the rest of the hotel we found the indoor section of the bar, where seats were offered up by more friendly waistcoated staff. I’m so glad we persevered.

Wood-panelled and dressed to the nines, The Bloomsbury Club oozes plush appeal: English gent’s club meets library, the cabinets filled with booze rather than books. The analogy is apt, as the bar takes its inspiration from the group of writers and artists who hung out together in this area in the early twentieth century. There’s a drink named after each of the Bloomsbury Set’s ten core members, so you can sip on a Virginia Woolf or a Duncan Grant (a gorgeous whisky drink with a maraschino sweetness).

The room is decked out with chesterfield armchairs, punctuated by modern, teal velvet stools. A semicircle of high-backed chairs rings the bar, a prime spot where I was able to soak up the expert mixology while peering at a jazz duo twanging at the foot of the room.

So plan ahead if you want a seat in one of the leaf-covered alcoves on that alluring terrace. But don’t be disheartened if it’s full – the indoor bar is the real deal.

Bloomsbury Club Bar says
The infamous Bloomsbury Set rejected Victorian ideas of religion and explored new sources of spiritual meaning– through their art, writing, and belief in an inter-connected universe. Our set of 14 cocktails corresponds to 14 states of mind or being. If melancholy has descended upon you, a sip of Persian Mist will lift your heavy spirits. The ingredients in Forbidden Fruit will turn your idle desire into enduring love, while Painted Veil curbs your anxiety. Guests must allow the diviner to guide their emotions to provide the perfect tonic to their state of mind.


Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Menu: View Menu
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 17:00 – 01:00 Closed on Monday & Sunday
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