Bleak House Guide October | Bloomsbury
October’s Bleak House Guide is walk around Bloomsbury in Central London. The route takes you through some of London’s greatest garden squares with their Georgian terraces and London plane trees in full autumnal swing. There are cute alleyways, gorgeous shops, beautiful Art Deco buildings, innumerable literary connotations and acres of history in this atmospheric walk.
If there is one thing that characterises this walk it is the London plane trees. These mighty London icons were one of the few trees that were able to flourish during the London pea-soupers and today account for more than half of London's trees. In Bloomsbury they are statuesque and dignified with their age and at this time of year they are resplendent in their autumn colours.
The walk starts at Tottenham Court Road station and ends at Goodge Street station. The best time to do this walk is on an autumnal evening, just as the shops are closing and the commuters and tourists are departing. It's wonderfully haunting in the fog and fading sunlight and the British Museum in particular looks lovely in the twilight. And there's nothing nicer than ducking into one of the many unspoilt, cosy Victorian pubs along the way to warm up after a chilly evening walk.