Grange Blooms Hotel

7 Montague St., London, WC1B 5BP, England

Toby Orton

A charming historic townhouse hotel with a grand English manor house décor that might just transport guests back to the building’s 18th century origins, thanks to statement patterned carpets, luxe textiles, and antique furniture. Cozy and conservative, Grange Blooms Hotel treads a fine line between old fashioned and traditional, its great location a street from the British Museum making it ideal for those who balk at hipster haunts and prefer historic intrigue.

Explore the nearby Lamb’s Conduit Street, a handsome London street filled with independent boutiques, traditional pubs, and cute cafes.

room

Larger than average, Executive rooms provide space to sit and relax in the antique armchairs that join the rooms’ four-poster beds, perfect for those who tend to make maximum use of their hotel room throughout a stay. In-room amenities are limited to TVs with cable, basic drinks-making facilities, and the thoughtful touch of a complimentary daily newspaper.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The Grange Blooms Hotel has a ghostly resident—the spirit of Dr. John Cumming, a former minister with an obsession for doomsday prophecies—should that influence your decision one way or the other.

bathroom

Simple bathrooms eschew most of the decorative frivolity of the rooms, opting for a neutral design that’s hard to find fault with. Some rooms come with bathtubs, while others make do with walk-in showers.

lobby

Sticking to the script, the lobby retains an air of formality, providing a regal, heavily patterned waiting lounge in which you wouldn’t want to put down a drink without a coaster for (wholly imagined) fear of rebuke. Front desk staff offer a friendly welcome, happy to direct guests to the hotel’s many local attractions.

dining

The Blooms restaurant serves a choice between the classic full English or a continental breakfast, but for all other meals guests will have to make their own way.

drinking

Where better to drink whiskey than in a library surrounded by the smell of old books in the bowels of an 18th century townhouse? The Malt Whisky Library offers a range of premium labels that will please those who appreciate a wee dram.

gardens

A courtyard patio offers an intimate outdoor space circled by foliage and high walls, perfect for an evening nightcap.

LOCATION

Getting Around

A superb location for walking, the nearby green spaces of Coram’s Fields and Russell Square to the north provide a good antidote to the bustle of the shops, bars and restaurants of Oxford Street and Soho to the south. A choice of three Tube stations (Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road and Holborn) provide convenient connections across the city.

Restaurants

Hidden away below ground next to Holborn Tube, Asadal (8-minute walk) serves some of the best authentic Korean food in town. For dinner in a brighter, more picturesque setting, try the Sardinian specialties on offer at Ristorante Olivelli (6-minute walk) on Store Street. Bea’s of Bloomsbury (12-minute walk) has you covered with its delicious afternoon tea and city-famous duffin—that’s a doughnut crossed with a muffin, by the way.

Bars

Cozy and compact, the Queen’s Larder (5-minute walk) ticks the "traditional London boozer" off the list, while the London Cocktail Club (7-minute walk) provides a trendier option, presenting itself as a Victorian speakeasy for the modern cocktail crowd.

WHY WE LIKE IT

While location is one of the key reasons to stay here, there’s an undeniable charm to spending time in this historic townhouse. While you might not choose the décor for your own home, a stay surrounded by the comfort of confused patterns and antiques is all the more rewarding for those looking for an appealingly English experience. So close to the city’s landmarks, it offers great value too.

QUICK FACTS

26 rooms, 1 suite
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes
Yes
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7323–1717;800-2247–2643

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