Neighborhood Eats by the British Museum (Bloomsbury)

THE BLOOMSBURY CLUB (a tony hotel) Is an elegant and pleasant hotel just down the road from the front entrance of the BM. It has a 1920s inspired Coral Room bar, a wood-lined, tony hipster lounge for cocktails in the lower level (where we've done several corporate score tallying), a lovely verdant terrace to serve high tea (the Dalloway Terrace, where we've done customised hen hunt prize giving). Any of their settings hits it just right, but it’s pricy. Not a surprise as it's to the standard of the Doyle Collection.
Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN  
Tel: +44 20 7347 1000 
Email: Bloomsbury@doylecollection.com
Website: https://www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-bloomsbury-hotel/dining
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and hang a right. Proceed down the street (toward Tottenham Court Rd), eventually crossing the street one block till you see the large elegant red brick Grade II building, the Bloomsbury.  This walk should take about four minutes.

map from British Museum to The Bloomsbury Club


THE PLOUGH A refurbished Victorian pub on a pedestrianized street with street-side seating as well as an upstairs that fits groups pleasantly. Typical authentic pub menu with fish & chips, burgers steak and ale pies, etc, this is a Greene King pub. The staff is particularly pleasant (James heads them up). As it’s just down the road from the museum, we’ve done a number of corporate & birthday party hunt score tallying here. 
Address: 27 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 7964    
Website: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/plough/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and take the stairs. Turn right onto Great Russel Street and walk half a block before crossing to Museum Street and walk towards the corner. The Plough will be on your right. This walk will take about two minutes.  

map from British Museum to the Plough

PRINCESS LOUISE Historic pub with gorgeous ornate Victorian etched glass, wonderful tile walls and an upstairs perfect for a group meal, we discovered this gem when the compliance team of Disney did their THATMuse score tallying here. 
Address: 208 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EP 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 8816     
Website: http://princesslouisepub.co.uk/   
Directions: When exiting the museum's front entrance on Great Russel Street, turn left onto Bury Place. Next, turn right onto Bloomsbury Way. Cross the street and make your way back onto Bury Place. Turn left onto New Oxford Street, continuing onto High Holborn till you reach the Princess Louise. This walk should take about 6 minutes.


map from British Museum to the Princess Lousie


THE PERSEVERNCE is a rare free-of-house (independent) pub, located on the corner of the fashionable pedestrianised Lamb’s Conduit and Great Ormond Street. It’s a good 10-minute walk from the BM, it's a pleasant walk across Bloomsbury. With a lovely upstairs and good solid fare, we've hosted spirited score tallying here. Plus supporting small businesses always feels right! 
Address: 63 Lamb’s Conduit   WC1N 3NB 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 8278   
Website: https://www.theperseverance.co.uk/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and proceed up the stiars. Turn left on Great Russell Street and then continue straight onto Bloomsbury Square. Continue onto Bloomsbury Place and then Turn left onto Southampton Row. Turn right onto Queen Square, turning left twice (walking around the park) to stay on the same road. Turn right onto Great Ormond Street, passing the hospital, then cross the street to turn right onto Lamb’s Conduit Street. This walk should take about 11 minutes.

map from British Museum to the Perseverance


CAKE SHOP at the London Review of Books Conveniently located just opposite the BM. As their website says: “Surrounded by books and fragrant with tea, the London Review Cake Shop is the modern answer to London’s long-lost literary coffee-houses” It’s a small space, found through their bookshop, with a communal table that seats 16 near a green courtyard and about 8 tables seating another 16 along a banquette. Delicious heavy cakes, wide variety of teas. Plus it feels right to support small independent bookshops! We've hosted plenty of Luxe Travelling families on their score tallying here.     
Hours:         Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6:30
Address:     14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7269 9045           
Website: http://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/cake-shop


CAGNEY’S (a family-run diner) An Italo-American, diner-like venue with movie star photos & menu full of comfort food (pasta, BBQ wings, etc.) predominately named with cutesy gangsta names and red-checkered table clothes. About a 5-7 min walk from the BM, off the touristy beaten path & on a small cobble stoned st.
Address: 13 Cosmo Pl, London WC1N 3AP
Phone:        +44 (0)20 7278 8498
Menu:          www.cagneysrestaurant.co.uk


NOBLE ROT (a well-established bistrot, big on game)
A 15-min walk from the BM, this is on the stylish Lamb’s Conduit street, with wonderful boutiques and barbers geared to the modern man. Parisian-style wine bar with a large, satisfying list of wines and pleasant restaurant in the back. Food takes itself rather seriously, with gun shots in your quail, but food is quite tastey so we'll overlook that. Rather expensive (120£/2.5 people for dinner). Well worth having a drink there, though.
Address: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
Phone:     +44 (0)20 7242 8963
Website: https://noblerot.co.uk/wine-bar


TRUCKLES (perfect pub for big group hunts)
Nothing like rounding off a museum treasure hunt with score tallying over a drink in a secret courtyard biergarten -- and just opposite the British Museum, no less! Only down side is that Truckles is side of the large 'Davy' chain, but there’s nothing wrong with standard pub fare (fish & chips, burgers, etc), moreover there’s a large party space downstairs, suitable to close off for large groups to do score tallying and the all important prize-giving!
Address: Bury Pl, London WC1A 2JR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7404 5338
Website: http://www.davy.co.uk/wine-bar/truckles-of-pied-bull-yard/

And for hipster clients, the 5-star Principal Hotel on Russell Square is slated to finish its renovation of the Grade II 1898 The-au-Lait building, with superflash bars, cafes, restaurants and spaces for treasure hunt score tallying! To be open in 2018...