A Guide to Your First Catalyst Neighborhood: Bloomsbury, London

For most Catalyst students, London is the perfect place to begin their European journey. The locals speak English, the food is varied and fantastic, and the museums are free! What makes the first week even more wonderful is the centrally-located and historical neighborhood that students will live in for a week in the British capital. What makes Bloomsbury the best place to stay in London? Read on to find out.

The British Museum is right at your fingertips.  

Perhaps the most stunning part of Bloomsbury, the British Museum is one of the jewels of London, and of the world. This free-to-enter museum is home to heavy-hitting artifacts like the Rosetta Stone (yes, that Rosetta Stone), the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, and ancient Egyptian mummies galore. All of these wonders are yours to see for free, and the museum is located only steps from your hostel doors.

It’s the most literary of neighborhoods.

Virginia Woolf, author of the classic Mrs. Dalloway, lived in Bloomsbury for a time. Walk through the streets she roamed, and take in a scene that has inspired many authors during their times in London. Bloomsbury is also home to Harry Potter publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing. Charles Darwin also had a residence in Bloomsbury, and so did Charles Dickens. The Catalyst’s London neighborhood is the perfect place for the English major to connect his or her studies with real-life locations.

Study in picturesque parks or cafes.

Bloomsbury is home to some of the most beautiful parks in all of London. Benches and lush green grass are abundant in Russell Square Park, so you’ll never be hard pressed to find a study spot. Take a nap, dog watch, or read a book; Bloomsbury’s parks have something for everyone.

You’ll have direct access to the Russell Square Tube Station, so you’ll never be far from the best attractions that London has to offer.

You’ll be a true Londoner when you visit Russell Square station. You won’t take the 175 steps down to the trains; use the elevator instead. You’ll be able to ride the Piccadilly line, one of the busiest and best tube lines in the city.