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The district of Bloomsbury lies to the east of Marylebone and just north of Soho and Covent Garden. The borders are not clearly defined, but are generally taken to be Oxford Street in the south, Euston Road in the north, Great Portland Street in the west and Woburn Place in the east.
The name is derived from the 13th Century owner of the land William Blemond. The word 'Blemondisberi' meant Manor of Blemond, and over time became shortened to Bloomsbury.
Today Bloomsbury is one of the most elegant of London's districts for the area is dominated by grassy squares and beautiful Georgian houses. This makes it a great place to just wander around, but there are also lots of attractions in the district.
The area has very strong literary connections - this is where the famous Bloomsbury Group met. And the literary influence is still very strong in the area and there are lots of bookshops to choose from, including Dillons, the massive bookshop of the University of London.
Other literary attractions in the area include Dickens' House, and Baker Street where fans of Arthur Conan Doyle can visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum. The other main attractions that Bloomsbury is famous for are the British Museum, the British Library, and the University of London.
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