The British Museum is set in central London in the Bloomsbury district, which is within easy walking distance of the shopping of Oxford Street, the restaurants of Covent Garden, and the bars and nightlife of Soho. The museum itself, founded in 1759, houses spectacular collections stretching across time from the beginnings of human history through to the contemporary world. A selection of hotels are within a few minutes’ walk of the museum, many of them housed in 18th- and 19th-century structures.
Just around the corner from the main entrance on Great Russell Street, the family-owned-and-run Morgan Hotel is set in two adjoining 19th–century London townhouses. The hotel provides a full English breakfast, included in the room rate. For other meals, nearby choices include Tas, serving Turkish dishes, and the Malabar Junction, which offers south Indian cooking. For a drink after your meal, pop round to the Museum Tavern, just opposite the British Museum. The Drill Hall, a 10-minute walk from the hotel, stages innovative, contemporary drama.
Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel
Fifty yards from the British Museum, the Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel is housed in a handsome Edwardian corner property featuring a turret. The hotel has a gym and offers in-room spa services. The Creation Bar and Restaurant serves a contemporary British menu including Kent salt marsh lamb and Welsh sea bass. The 100 Club, which has staged acts as diverse as the Sex Pistols and Muddy waters in the last 50 years, is a 10-minute walk from the Kenilworth.
Grange Blooms Hotel
The Grange Blooms Hotel, a five-minute walk from the British Museum’s entrance, is located in a fine 18th–century property a few minutes’ walk from the pleasant green spaces of Russell Square. The on-site Blooms Restaurant serves breakfast and the hotel’s Library Bar stocks more than 30 single malt whiskeys. The Shaftesbury Theatre, which presents musicals, is 10-minutes’ away on foot. The restaurants, bars and shopping of Covent Garden, which also features daily street theatre performances, are a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
The Bloomsbury Hotel
Housed in a neo-Georgian property, which boasts stylish, contemporary decor and furnishings, the Bloomsbury Hotel is a three-minute walk from the British Museum. The on-site restaurant, the Landseer British Kitchen, serves modern British dishes and the Landseer Bar offers cocktails in a wood-paneled room. The Dominion Theatre, which stages musicals and dates back to 1928, is around the corner from the Bloomsbury. The intimate 12 Bar Club features new bands and singers every night and is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
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