Promoting Civic Social Responsibility, Quality of Life and the Preservation of our Cultural and Architectural Heritage

Since 1972, the Bloomsbury Association has served as a voice for the community and independent businesses in Bloomsbury, on matters that include community safety, quality of life, licensing, planning and the environment.

We are established for the express purpose of furthering the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals living, working and  studying in Bloomsbury, including individuals that wish to come and live, and or work in Bloomsbury. We also actively promote the physical safety of the millions of people that visit our district every year.

Bloomsbury has a large academic and business community and we welcome their contribution to the economic prosperity of the area.

We have close working relations with our neighbouring community associations such as:

The Bloomsbury Association monitors all planning and licensing applications made within an area roughly bounded by Southampton Row/ Woburn Place in the East, High Holborn in the South, Tottenham Court Road in the West and Euston Road in the North.

Planning Applications

We may comment on planning and licensing applications outside this boundary if we think they may have an impact on Bloomsbury.

The BA gives detailed comments on planning applications with a view to promoting high standards of planning and architecture in the area and to preserve and enhance the historic attributes of Bloomsbury.  We will support applications that we consider will make a positive contribution to the local environment. We actively work with the BCAAC, Camden’s community-based advisory committee for the Bloomsbury CA and six surrounding CAs.

More about planning.


In general we will oppose any late night applications that are outside Camden’s ‘framework hours’. We think that the Licensing Act and how it is interpreted by Camden needs to be improved in order that the resident population of Bloomsbury do not suffer the consequences of licensing decisions that we consider to be misplaced.


We intend to further develop our partnership programme to include other local organisations, groups and associations that have similar interests and aims and where combined liaison, lobbying, and representation might achieve more positive results.

More about our associated organisations


Residents of Bloomsbury can apply for membership as Full voting members of the BA. Membership is free.

Non-residents with an interest in Bloomsbury may register as an affiliate member, which is also free.

Our registration form can be obtained by emailing us at info@bloomsburyassociation.org.uk

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