Explore London’s literary hub with the hottest happenings in the area; from festivals to fromage, Bloomsbury has something for everyone
Words Helen Brown
Considered the literary and intellectual corner on London, Bloomsbury boasts one of the capital’s richest cultural heritages. Stunningly beautiful and packed with hidden gems, there is a lot more to Bloomsbury than meets the eye. Here are a few things to keep on the radar for the coming weeks.
CANDICE BROWN’S AFTERNOON TEA AT DALLOWAY TERRACE
Autumn brings with it Bake Off fever and what better way to get stuck in than with Dalloway Terrace’s new afternoon tea from last year’s winner, Candice Brown. Candice will be offering her gastronomic expertise to the Bloomsbury based restaurant with a new menu of culinary delights exclusively for Dalloway Terrace. Tuck into feta and courgette scones with thyme clotted cream and a range of delicious rolls and sandwiches, before indulging in peanut butter and jelly profiteroles, gin and poppy seed drizzle cake, meringue kisses and more. Delish.
£35 per person or £45 with bubbles, dallowayterrace.com
LONDON NEVER DIES AT THE LONDON CABARET CLUB
London Cabaret Club’s 007-themed special will let you unleash your inner spy with a thrilling dining experience, inspired by the iconic films. Five unique acts will take you on a journey of romance and espionage to the glamorous world of James Bond. Feel the ocean spray as a Bond girl performer emerges dramatically from the sea, taste and smell the Indian spice market during the Bollywood Octopussy finale and feel a helicopter’s wings blast across the ballroom. This of course comes with smoking martinis and gourmet food served by somersaulting waiters in the iconic 1920s Bloomsbury Ballroom.
LA FROMAGERIE BLOOMSBURY
This month sees La Fromagerie arrive in Bloomsbury with the fresh, seasonal produce, delicious meats and exceptional cheeses the brand is famous for. Along with La Fromagerie’s iconic Cheese Room, this new site is also home to a brand new seafood bar and an all-day dining café, with external seating for guests to enjoy cheese and wine until late.
This November The Bloomsbury will unveil its exciting new redesign which will see the 1928 Sir Edwin Lutyens, Grade-II listed building on Great Russell Street become a hub for the local area. With decor that feels akin to a private home, along with the ever-popular Dalloway Terrace and Club Bar, the hotel promises to be a vibrant and fun place to come stay, socialise and relax.
This world-class, five-day festival is a celebration of the area’s pioneering creativity. With an inspiring programme of arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and reflection, Bloomsbury Festival shines a light on the cultural heritage that has shaped the neighbourhood.
18 – 22 October, bloomsburyfestival.org.uk