10 July 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Bloomsbury - London

Commercial properties to rent in Bloomsbury.

Famous for its desirable and fashionable residential areas as well numerous cultural and tourist destinations, Bloomsbury is located in the West End of London. Its location puts it right in the middle of one the world’s most vibrant cities, with Covent Garden to the south and Regent’s Park and St. Pancras to the north.

The Earl of Southampton began the process of building what would eventually become Bloomsbury Square in the 1660s. Since then, the district has been strongly associated with the arts and education. Today, the area is home to the UK’s largest museum, the British Museum, as well as important educational institutions including University College London, the University of London, the University of Law and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Bloomsbury is also famous around the world for its hospitals, of which the most well-known is Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The hospital is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK and one of the largest in the world.

Perhaps the area’s most famous business is the publishing company that bears its name. Bloomsbury Publishing are a global name, famously publishing the Harry Potter series among others.

Property statistics

  • Commercial properties in Bloomsbury: 1,310
  • Total available: 188
  • Largest available unit: 32,258 ft
  • Tallest commercial building: 12 floors
  • Most listings available on: Gray’s Inn Road (140 buildings)




Nestled in the heart of London, Bloomsbury is connected to the rest of the city by the London Underground. The area itself has three underground stations: Russell Square, King’s Cross St. Pancras and Euston Square. Of these stations, King’s Cross St. Pancras offers step-free access to all lines while Euston Square gives commuters step-free access to the westbound platform.

For those looking to connect to the country’s national rail network, Euston, King’s Cross and St. Pancras International are all located close to the Bloomsbury area. Eurostar services to France and the Netherlands can be boarded from St. Pancras International.


As an area of Greater London, Bloomsbury’s bus services are owned and managed by Transport for London and its subsidiary London Buses. All of the bus services passing through Bloomsbury call at bus stops on Russell Square, Gower Street or Tottenham Court Road. It is possible to reach a number of other popular London destinations directly from Bloomsbury by bus, including Camden Town, Greenwich, Piccadilly Circus, Victoria and Waterloo.


Due to its central location, the nearest airport to Bloomsbury is London City Airport. Despite its smaller size, London City Airport provides travellers with connections to lots of European destinations, such as Dublin, Munich, Porto and Zurich. The larger international airports Heathrow and Gatwick are located just outside of Greater London.

Offices to rent in Bloomsbury

Retail units to rent in Bloomsbury

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There are 16 gyms in the area – take a look

  • Bannatyne Health Club and Spa
  • PureGym
  • Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing
  • Bloomsbury Fitness

Banks and Post Offices

There are over 18 banks in the area.

  • NatWest (three branches)
  • Barclays Bank (one branches)
  • Lloyds Bank (one branch)
  • HSBC (one branch)
  • Lloyds Bank (one branch)
  • Santander (one branch)

There are at least two Post Offices in the area.

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • Tesco (three small stores)
  • Sainsbury’s (three small stores)
  • M&S Food (one store)

The Brunswick Centre is the area’s most prominent shopping centre. The building, designed by Patrick Hodgkinson, has been open since 1972. It currently has Grade II listed status. Shoppers will find a whole host of established retail names at the centre, including Waitrose, River Island, New Look, Boots and Robert Dyas.

The area is also known for its thriving independent retail sector. An example of this is Lamb’s Conduit Street, which offers a uniquely elegant shopping experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

Retail properties to let in Bloomsbury 

Agents with the most listings in the area:


Instant offices – 32

Workspace – 17

Colliers International – 8

MB&A Commercial – 8

Robert Irving Burns – 8

Knight Frank – 7

Montagu Evans – 7

Offices on Realla that offer something a little different


25-37 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DS

Unit c/o Dept of Middle East, The British Museum

Holy Cross Crypt

York House

55 – 56 Russell Square  

Meet the neighbours – noteworthy Bloomsbury businesses


  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • University of London
  • Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
  • British Museum

Large offices and co-working spaces in Bloomsbury


Central Working

Willings House

1 Grays Inn

Ink Rooms

1 New Oxford Street

Serviced offices to let in Bloomsbury

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Did you know?

  • Bob Marley, Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens are some of the legendary historical residents of Bloomsbury.
  • The first mention of the area was in the 1086 Domesday Book which references a wood for “100 pigs hereabouts”.
  • The capital’s first tower block was built in Bloomsbury in May 1949.
  • The western side of the Brunswick Centre has a special surprise for visitors. If you look at the floor, you will see a number of mysterious metallic objects embedded in the paving stones. The objects are recreations of the tokens used by a nearby hospital in the 18th century, to help reunite mothers with their child.

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