It is always with pleasure that I walk the final stretch of my return to the crescent-shaped Cartwright Gardens in the West End of London. Located in Bloomsbury, a very fashionable neighborhood, the Crescent Hotel is my temporary home while a guest in this vibrant city. The energy of the city and what it has to offer makes me appreciate even more my approach to this quiet leafy park and the welcomed comfort of this family-run inn. The Crescent Hotel occupies a classic Georgian house overlooking the garden with its mature trees and tennis courts. It serves as an oasis in the midst of colorful shops, ethnic restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Cartwight Gardens is one of several in the Bloomsbury, an affluent residential district designed and built up by the famed developer James Burton in the early 1800s. An intellectual and literary center in London, Bloomsbury is home to the British Museum, the largest in the United Kingdom, as well as numerous educational and publishing institutions - all within easy walking distance, as are many of the sights to be enjoyed on a first visit or a return visit.
Return visits to the Crescent Hotel are not unusual. This lovely inn has been owned and lovingly operated by the same family for three generations, now managed by the grand-daughter. The family has welcomed back more than one generation of the same family to Crescent Hotel. The 27 rooms, each uniquely decorated, are small and cozy and feel very much like home. The furnishings throughout the living area of the house reflect the tastes of the period, but with everything is in place for one's comfort by today's standards. A generous English breakfast prepared to order is a great send-off for a day of adventure, but what I like best is coming “home” at the end of the day.
All images and reviews copyright 2018 by Ginda Simpson
49-50 Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury London WC1H9EL, U.K.
Crescent Hotel ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson