We Brits once ruled the world. And we used the opportunity to steal a lot of it as well. The British Museum in Bloomsbury is probably the best haul of loot anywhere in the world. Every year it is crowned the No.1 visitor attraction in the UK. It houses artifacts and treasures from practically every country in the world. Plan your day out to see The Rosetta Stone, The Portland Vase, The Cat Mummies, the Head of Amenhotep III, The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Helmet and The Easter Island Statue at the world’s best free museum, but don’t forget to eat. The areas of Fitzrovia, Soho and Covent Garden are all fairly close by if you’re feeling adventurous. However, to be sure of a good thing, settle in at a restaurant close to the museum and then you won’t have too far to walk to Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street or Holborn Tube stations once you’ve dealt with sustenance.
Afternoon Tea at the Montague
Bloomsbury / Restaurant / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
This charmingly British hideaway is mere steps from The British Museum. If you like exemplary personal service, understated comfort and fine cuisine, you've come to the right place. With an Award of Excellence for Afternoon Tea, the traditional afternoon tea in London menu includes a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream, an array of tempting pastries and is accompanied by a choice of traditional, flavoured, aromatic, fruit and green teas, fine coffees and hot chocolate. Go on: add a glass of champagne and enjoy the Conservatory or al fresco Wood Deck in the warmer months for extra sparkle.
Great Court Restaurant
Bloomsbury / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
You can't get any closer to The British Museum than actually right in the middle of it The Great Court Restaurant sits uniquely on the mezzanine floor above the world-famous Reading Room and directly underneath the curved steel and glass roof of the Norman Foster-designed Great Court. It's very accessible and welcomes all museum goers for light bites, afternoon tea snacks and informal dining as well as appealing to the fine diners.
Hakkasan Hanway Place
Bloomsbury / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chinese
This restaurant has retained its Michelin star for over a decade, continuing to place Hakkasan at the forefront of modern Chinese cuisine. The restaurant's signature dishes are Peking duck with caviar and grilled Wagyu beef with king soy sauce. However, a dim sum, dessert and lunch menu are also available, as is Hakkasan's award-winning wine list and signature cocktails. Posh dining once the history bit is done.
Bloomsbury / Restaurant / Cuisine: Traditional English
Dalloway Terrace, named for the eponymous heroine of Virginia Woolf's famous novel, is the perfect alfresco hideaway in Bloomsbury. This fully-heated, indoor-outdoor terrace, located just off Great Russell Street, serves brunch, lunch and dinner as well as a traditional afternoon tea inspired by The Bloomsbury Set and the area's rich literary history. Drawing subtle design inspiration from the 1930's, Dalloway Terrace evokes a comforting sense of nostalgia that blends seamlessly with the stylish contemporary setting; what what!
Bloomsbury / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
A smart Indian restaurant in Bloomsbury near the British Museum, it serves dishes from different regions of India from the gutsy spicy flavours of Rajasthan to the milder coconut infused dishes of Kerala and Goa, Salaam Namaste has a dish for everyone. Named after a Bollywood film about a chef, the restaurant has its own starry clientele - it used to be Tony and Cherie Blair's local. Barristers and politicians occupy the slick white leather banquettes and buttermilk colour chairs at lunchtime while locals, including students flock to it in the evening. Be sure to try the lamb chops, a Salaam Namaste institution, and don't be afraid to go off piste with crab dishes and the delicious cocktails
Blue Door Bistro
Bloomsbury / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: European
The Blue Door Bistro at The Montague on the Gardens Hotel in Bloomsbury is an award-winning restaurant serving up delicious food in a warm and informal setting. The restaurant has been designed to take guests back in time with three sides of the wall showing a panoramic view of Bloomsbury in 1849. Visit any time of the day for perfectly cooked dishes from the A La Carte menu, or try out the afternoon tea for something different.
Ichiryu Hakata Udon House
Bloomsbury / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese
Close to Tottenham Court Road, Ichiryu comes from the people behind Shoryu Ramen, so expect quick dining. They specialise in delicious fresh handmade udon noodles using the finest and freshest ingredients. Offering a healthy, light and nourishing meal, it can be enjoyed on site or as a takeaway. They also offer quality Donburi rice bowls and crispy freshly made tempura daily. For beverages, they have a finely chosen selection of sake, beer and authentic Japanese tea.
Bloomsbury / Restaurant / Cuisine: Cafe
A late night licence means this cafe diner never needs to shut, and champagne, wine, beer and cocktails are available from 8am to 2am every day, if you're doing the museum very early or very late. As well as their legendary all-day (and night!) breakfast menu featuring everything from bubble 'n' squeak to eggs benedict, you can choose from an irresistible selection of burgers, salads, pasta, mains and sharing plates. Need an old-school sugar rush? VQ's apple crumble and custard or jelly and ice cream will do the trick. Quite simply, whatever you want, whenever you want it, 24 hours a day.
Steak & Lobster Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury / Restaurant / Cuisine: Meat
The Central London hotel, Radisson Blu Edwardian, is the home for this subdued and relaxed restaurant. This restaurant has a chilled out appeal, not least because the cocktail bar is right next door. The resaturant name should give you a bit of a clue as to what it is that they specialise in. With fewer options on the menu, the restaurant can focus on perfecting what it does best: 10ox dry-aged rib eye steaks and fresh whole lobsters served on the half-shell. The restaurant's proximity to the West End's theatres as well as the British Museum make it a great pre- or post-show hangout. We recommend checking for pre-theatre deals too.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Cuisine: Tapas
Drakes Tabanco is a rustic sherry tavern based on Windmill Street, with an extensive selection of tapas lending to the authentic air in the Andalucian-style restaurant. Both for those looking for a romantic candlelight meal, or a relaxed meal with friends, the restaurant is located in Bloomsbury. Try everything from their jamon Iberico to their range of barrelled sherries, and settle yourself in for an enjoyable evening with a Spanish feel.
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