Things to do near Kingsley by Thistle, London

Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley is set in the heart of London's bustling West End and is well positioned with the British Museum very close by and the entertainments of Covent Garden not much further away.  Restaurants and bars are aplenty with almost every cuisine from around the world catered for within a few minutes’ walk.  A number of well-known theatres are almost on the door step of the hotel including the Shaftesbury and Dominion, as well as lesser known museums and Arts Centres.  As the hotel is located in the Bloomsbury area near Holborn, with its literal history, there are a number of specialist book shops and stores.

Arts & Culture

  • Shaftesbury Theatre - 0.2 Miles

    An Edwardian theatre which has produced almost a century of successful popular drama and musicals and is currently showing Rock of Ages.

  • New London Theatre - 0.4 Miles

    Although this site has been an entertainment venue since at least the mid-19th century, the New London Theatre only opened its doors in 1973, making it one of the West End's newest theatres. It is currently showing War Horse.

  • Renoir Cinema - 0.5 Miles

    Almost invisible in the ridiculous 1960s sci-fi architecture of the Brunswick Centre, the two-screen arthouse Renoir Cinema is a firm favourite with London's film buffs. The Renoir has a firm reputation for films from established auteurs and new world cinema.

  • The Bloomsbury Theatre - 0.8 Miles

    The Bloomsbury was completed in 1968 on the site of a bomb-damaged church. The external architecture may now appear somewhat un-theatrical but inside is a well-designed space, with a small art gallery in the foyer and a comfortable auditorium.

  • The Dominion Theatre - 0.4 Miles

    A huge theatre which plays host to big, rocking musicals and is currently showing We Will Rock You. The Dominion has a huge stage and hundreds of seats - on a packed night here noise levels are like those at a rock concert.

  • My Little Eye Gallery - 0.1 Miles

    Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan creates the smallest sculptures in the world, some of which are no bigger than a human blood cell, but if you look really carefully - and with the help of a microscope - you can see his works at this unique gallery.

  • The Cartoon Museum - 0.1 Miles

    A recent and vibrant addition to London's museum-come-gallery scene is refreshingly vibrant. From political cartoons of politicians to rare originals, children’s comics, this is a place to reminisce childhood and controversies.

  • The British Museum - 0.2 Miles

    Over seven millions objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture. Founded in 1753, displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were based on the collections of scientist, Sir Hans Sloane.


  • Lowlander Grand Cafe - 0.3 Miles

    The reputation of the Benelux breweries precedes them and this themed bar captures the flair of Dutch cafe culture, too. The selection is extensive, comprising ales (Trappist, golden, amber etc) and beers (wheat, abbey, red etc), not to mention an excellent wine list.

  • Detroit - 0.3 Miles

    Considered to be one of London’s original “style” or “concept” bars, despite being on the scene for a while, Detroit still continues to appear fresh, funky and vibrant. It also serves up some of the best cocktails in town. Most individual tastes are catered for.

Coffee Shop

  • London Review Cakeshop - 0.1 Miles

    A place to meet, talk, read and enjoy the tea, coffee and cakes. Managed by Terry Glover, from Maison Blanc, whose menu includes a selection of fine coffees and an ever-evolving list of high quality teas - black, white, green and Oolong.

Local Attractions

  • Conway Hall - 0.4 Miles

    A landmark of London's independent intellectual, political and cultural life, the hall’s name honours Moncure Daniel Conway, anti-slavery advocate, out-spoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. It is the London home of the Ethical Society.


  • Hason Raja - 0.2 Miles

    There are so many curry houses serving the same food badly these days that it makes a change to visit a restaurant that does what it does very well. Welcome to the Hason Raja. Great stock curry-house dishes, of course, but also less familiar ones to make it a cut above the rest.

  • Mary Ward Centre Vegetarian Café - 0.3 Miles

    A well-kept secret tucked away within the Mary Ward Centre (named after the best selling 19th-century novelist) in Bloomsbury. Excellent value vegetarian food is served in the peaceful surroundings of the dining room of the centre's old Georgian building.

  • The Perseverance - 0.5 Miles

    Formerly run by Billy Drew (who has opened The Chippy in Soho), The Perseverance, in Lamb's Conduit Street, re-opened in April 2007 under new management. It's a pleasant enough spot to enjoy the traditional pub atmosphere.


  • Covent Garden - 1.3 Miles

    This former fruit and vegetable market between St. Martin's Lane and Drury Lane, is now a popular shopping and tourist site, where you will also find the Royal Opera House, the Theatre Royal, and the London Transport Museum.

  • London Review Bookshop - 0.1 Miles

    Opened in May 2003, with Alan Bennett cutting the ribbon, the store is a welcome addition to the city's dwindling ranks of independent bookshops. Duck through the traditional shop front and lose yourself amongst the packed shelves of volumes.

  • Gekoski - 3.4 Miles

    Based beside the British Museum, it's not surprising R. A. Gekoski Booksellers is one of the world's leading specialist dealers in modern English, Irish and American literature, including first editions, association copies, manuscripts and archives, and artworks with literary associations.

  • The School of Life - 0.5 Miles

    Not so much a shop as a philosophy. The brains behind The School of Life include serious writers, thinkers and influential cultural figures including Alain de Botton, 'The Idler' author Tom Hodgkinson and documentary photographer Martin Parr.

  • L Cornelissen & Son - 0.3 Miles

    Established in 1855, little has changed in this enchanting art supplies shop. Inside, it's charming and old-fashioned. Towering shelves sweep up to the ceiling, lined with large glass jars of pigments and pastels.

  • James Smith and Sons - 0.2 Miles

    An historic Victorian family business specialising in umbrellas, walking sticks and canes. Commonly known as "the Umbrella Shop", this immaculately presented Victorian outlet in the heart of London is a real gem, selling every kind of umbrella and cane imaginable.

Tourist Spot

  • Central London - 0.9 Miles

    It’s the most exciting city in the world. And it’s ours. The nation’s capital has everything you could possibly wish for – including a choice of 16 hotels from which to explore it’s world-renowned sites, culture, entertainment and shopping

  • London - 0.9 Miles

    It’s the most exciting city in the world. And it’s ours. The nation’s capital has everything you could possibly wish for – including a choice of 16 hotels from which to explore it’s world-renowned sites, culture, entertainment and shopping

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