I stayed at the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury for one night in mid March 2013, on a complimentary basis. The hotel is close to Russell Square tube station.
The lobby at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
I was allocated an executive room on the 6th floor. The room was really bright and airy, as it had two large windows.
Executive room at Holiday Inn London Blooomsbury
The room was a good size, with a very comfortable bed and an office chair at the desk. The bathroom was spacious and there was a bathrobe and slippers. The standard of maintenance and cleanliness of the room were very good. The room had air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilites, a safe and a mini-bar.
View of London skyline from my room
Internet access is charged at £15 for 24 hours; in my opinion, this should be included in the price of the room.
Breakfast was served between 7.00 and 11.00 on the Saturday. The buffet breakfast had a good hot and cold selection. I felt that the tables were a bit too close together, making it hard to get in and out to visit the buffet.
Junction Restaurant at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
All the staff were very cheerful and pleasant.
Things to Do Within a 15 Minute Walk from the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
One of the advantages of staying at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury is that you can walk to many attractions within 15 minutes.
The British Museum is very close to the hotel. There’s no admission fee. Late night opening is on Friday, which means you can visit until 20.30, with free Spotlight Tours on offer.
The British Museum
Trafalgar Square hosts various events, there was a large stage set up for the Russian Malensita (Sun) Festival when I visited. I was there around 9am on a Saturday morning, so it was nice and quiet for taking photos. It’s also beautiful in the evening when the fountains are floodlit.
The Wellcome Collection, located close to Euston Station, focuses on the humam body and medicine. It’s free to get in and open until 22.00 on Thursdays.
Henry Wellcome, the collector
Russell Square Gardens
If you fancy a seat outdoors, you can be in Russell Square Gardens in a couple of minutes. There are plenty of benches, but if it’s a bit cool or wet you can still enjoy the gardens from the cafe.
Russell Square Gardens
Crypt Gallery at St Pancras Parish Church
Although the Crypt was originally built as an indoor burial site, the Crypt Gallery is now host to various exhibitions.
Caryatids (stone carvings of draped female figures supporting buildings) at St Pancras Parish Church
Maison Bertaux in Soho
If, like me, you’re a cake lover, you must pop over to Maison Bertaux to sample their fayre. It’ll be really hard to decide which cake to have.
Sweet tempation at Maison Bertaux in Soho
There is a wide selection of shops, cafes and restaurants at Covent Garden. It’s also home to the London Transport Museum.
One of the arches at Convent Garden
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