Why I live in Bloomsbury: designer Gergei Erdei on the best places to shop, eat and be inspired in his central London district

Bloomsbury is a dreamy London that you can only imagine if you see it in books and movies. I have rented in Hackney, Bethnal Green and other areas that are known for being the epicenter of partying. I think I wanted to live somewhere more peaceful as I grew older. Another reason was that I wanted to find a home with character. The only one on the market that fit my budget was in this area. I searched for two months, so I knew every advertisement. I live in a Georgian townhouse in a flat with the most bizarre details. The living room features Pompeiian-terracotta walls that are made just for me. Although I am renting, I feel like I have found the perfect place until I can afford to buy it. Best food and drinkThe Hoxton hotel on High Holborn is a great place to eat or have a quick drink. However, it can get very crowded on weekends. I love to enjoy a drink on a terrace. Ciao Bella, located on Lamb’s Conduit Street, is an old-fashioned family-owned Italian restaurant with a large terrace. They have huge Aperols and generously provide the ingredients. I usually order one with a pizza. La Fromagerie is also close by and I love the sushi at Eat Tokyo on Red Lion Street. Knockbox Coffee sells the best carrot cake, so I avoid buying it. It’s great because you can both swim and enjoy the sunshine at the same time. It has a mid-century Brutalist vibe so it’s a visual delight. There is also the British Museum within walking distance. Every Monday, there is a flea market at Covent Garden’s Jubilee Market. You can always score great deals if you wait until they pack up. David Kovats, my friend, has a gallery in Long Acre. He exhibits incredible contemporary artists from Hungary. When it’s sunny and warm, I’m a regular at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. I love a good al fresco take-out on the grass. Grocery shoppingIf you don’t have the budget La Fromagerie has the best selection of cheeses. I was never a big cheese lover, but they made me one. The Brunswick Centre also has a Waitrose, which is great for celebrity spotting. Adrian Lourie: My favourite food is the sushi at Eat Tokyo on Red Lion Street. Walking is a great way to discover new things. Conduit Street, dream streetLamb is one of my favorite streets in London. It reminds me of summer in Paris or Budapest because most places have terraces. I visited the Sir John Soane’s Museum a few time before I moved to London, and I just returned. I was amazed at the surreal details that I discovered. My favourites are the labyrinthine corridors, the tinted glass ceilings, and the dark basement rooms. It’s a unique, must-see spot. However, you have to keep going back as you can’t take in everything at once. My brain felt like it was going to explode when I left. It’s not an area where you can save.In three wordsQuaint, peaceful, neat.gergeierdei.comWhat it costs BuyingAverage house price: GBP2,353,174Average flat price: GBP786,743RentingAverage house price pcm: GBP7,718Average flat price pcm: GBP2,848Source: RightmoveSchoolsSt George the Martyr Church of England Primary School gets an outstanding rating from Ofsted, or there’s the private, French-English bilingual Ecole Jeannine Manuel. All Souls CofE Primary is a good-rated school that borders Bloomsbury. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, St Alban’s CofE Primary and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary are also good-rated.