Looking for a perfect mix of stunning architecture and a laid back, out-of-town feel? Look no further than London’s very own literary landmark-filled, Bloomsbury.
One of the best things about where I work is the place it’s in. Bloomsbury was once the home of legendary literati group The Bloomsbury Set and has retained its bohemian feel. There’s a pleasant out-of-town feel to the place, even though it’s a little more than a stone’s throw away from most London (and Lomography) staples – St Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden and Camden Market are all within walking distance.
Bloomsbury is full of elegant Georgian townhouses and amazing pubs (including The Duke of York, which seems to think it’s still the 40s, and the Lamb with its amazing windowed Victorian bar and “mirror garden”), all ripe for photographing. It’s home to the faded glory of monolithic 1960’s shopping centre, The Brunswick, which has been recently mentioned in another article here.
A short walk from the Brunswick Centre is Coram’s Fields, which despite only being accessible if you’re accompanied by a child (or an adult) has a little paddock which looks out onto the road, where sheep and goats do their thing, endlessly fascinating passersby.
Bloomsbury is something of a rabbit warren, and is best explored in an off the cuff manner, which is how you’ll discover all the tiny but beautiful mews which used to be home to the horses of the adjoining townhouses, but which now fetch up to a million on the property market, if they’re not occupied by graphic design studios or archaeological societies, that is.
Other amazing places for lomographers include Gray’s Inn Fields, where lawyers eat their lunch. Despite this, it’s beautiful in the sunshine. Both the British Museum and British Library are nearby, and both of which are surely a lomographer’s dream, if not for their astonishing contents then for their amazing architecture. Bloomsbury Lanes is another popular lomography location, and is amazing for chilling out and shooting some pins.
Bloomsbury has pretty much everything you could want, and has captured my heart, just like I’ve tried to capture its own heart through my lomographs.