Given the writers who have visited Café Royal—Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene, Virginia Woolf, and others—you might think it is the literary heart of London. Bloomsbury, a fifteen-minute walk to the east of the hotel, also has a claim on that title. Here, at the beginning of the 20th century, Woolf, as well as E.M. Forster, Vita Sackville-West, Clive Bell, and other artists and writers introduced modernism to England. You can follow in the footsteps of the Bloomsbury Group, wandering around the leafy squares—Bloomsbury and Russell—and exploring the British Museum. Another fifteen minutes on foot will bring you to the British Library where an exhibition running through February 2016, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, explores the literary and musical traditions of 17 different nations.
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