Bloomsbury was once an ancient village surrounded by lush fields then known as Lomesbury. During the middle ages large residences started to appear in the form of the manor house . During the 17th century the area really started to see development, and one of these existing developments is Bloomsbury Square, once known as Southampton square.
It acquired its modern title from William Blemond’ whose Manor house was given the title of Blemondsisberi.
Bloomsbury became extremely well known in the 18th century popular with the wealthy and the place to be, or be seen it, was an ideal location for holidaying due to its proximity to the English countryside with many town houses built for families who enjoyed its duel charm.
Another large and influential change took place in 1847 with the construction of Oxford Street, making easy passage between Bloomsbury and High Holborne it was at this point that Bloomsbury really developed, a University was built and museums, The most well known of these being the British Museum.
Famous for its High art, intellectualism, literature and philosophy owing to the 1907-1930 group of writers who named themselves the Bloomsbury Set.
The members of this group included Virginia Wolf, the tragic but brilliant writer whose most famous novels include To The Lighthouse, Orlando, and her Poignant Novel, a Room of ones own considered rather daring for the time dealing with the subject of the dismissal of women in art and society.
The groups meetings for the most part took place in the houses of Clive and Vanessa Bell, Vanessa being Virginia’s sister. Other members included the wonderful T. S. Elliot, E, M forster Vita Sackville-West and Bertrand Russell the well known philosopher, social critic, logician and essayist. The group were controversial and challenged the restrictions and views of the day fighting against the doctrines set by a Victorian age.
The group were not only highly intellectual but they were also very liberal in there views on sex and rights of freedom when homosexuality was a punishable offence often attending soirees of a hedonistic nature.
Stay at the Regency House Hotel, right in the heart of Bloomsbury.