Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London

Offering comfortable accommodation in a choice of 3 residences in the heart of Bloomsbury.

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William Goodenough House


  • 20th century buildings
  • Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access (wired)
  • Gym

Food and Drinks

  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Lunch available (at additional cost)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Bar

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Goodenough College located in Bloomsbury, a vibrant and trendy area in central London. Bloomsbury is close to underground, bus and main line transport links and is an ideal location for sightseeing all the attractions in London.

Offering a choice of accommodation either at their London House, Goodenough Club or William Goodenough residence which are both located on the picturesque Mecklenburgh Square.

London House Bloomsbury offers clean, comfortable, room-only accommodation in single rooms with an option of separate male and female rooms with shared bathroom facilities or double ensuite. There are also a limited number of self contained flats available. Breakfast/meals are not included in the rate of the room but can be purchased separately and is served in the Great Hall.

William Goodenough House offers student style accommodation on room-only basis in single bedrooms with private bathroom facilities. A communal kitchen is available. 

Goodenough Club provides 4* guest accommodation overlooking the beautiful Mecklenburgh Square gardens in the heart of Bloomsbury.

All properties are unfortunately unable to accommodate guests who are under 18 years old un-accompanied. 

History to the present day

Goodenough College is a charity that provides residential accommodation for postgraduate students from all over the world. A lively and supportive community which has been thriving here since 1930.

Food and Drinks

London House offers the following dining options:

The College provides a subsidised catering service of breakfast, lunch and dinner, 365 days of the year. Meals are not included in the room rate. 

Breakfast and dinner are served in the Great Hall and lunch is served in Freddie’s Bar, which stocks a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. as well as cakes, snacks and meals throughout the day.

Breakfast Times:
Monday to Friday 07.30am - 10.15am & Saturday to Sunday 08.00am -12noon

Monday to Friday 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Monday to Friday 6.30pm - 8.30pm & Saturday and Sunday 08.00am - 8.00pm

William Goodenough offers the following dining options:

A choice of continental or full English breakfast is available:
Monday to Friday 07.30am to 10.15am & Saturday to Sunday 08.00am -12 noon

Lunch available from 12 noon until 2.00pm with hot and cold selections available. 

Bar service available in both houses until 11:00pm stocking a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

There are no shops within the premises, but the neighbourhood enjoys a variety of shopping places such as the Brunswick Shopping centre and also corner shops all within walking distance where food items can be purchased.

Goodenough Club offers the following Dining options:

A choice of continental breakfast or cooked items is available:
Guest Lounge for continental breakfast:  Monday to Friday 06.30am to 09.30am & Saturday to Sunday 07:30-10:30 for a "Grab-n-Go" breakfast.

Great Hall for full English cooked breakfast is available Mon-Fri 07:30-10:15am or weekends from 8am-11am.

Following breakfast, a cafe service is available with sandwiches and wraps until 5.00pm.

In the evening, the GBar is open from 8.00pm stocking a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

Other facilities

London House Facilities Include: 

Free broadband internet in all the rooms and wireless in the common areas.

Two coin operated launderettes & 24 hour reception.

William Goodenough House Facilities Include: 

Free broadband internet in all the rooms and wireless in the common areas. 24 hour reception.

Goodenough Club Facilities Include:

Due to restrictions imposed but the listed building status, there is no lift but there is always someone on hand to help with luggage. Our access statement is available on our website.

All 3 properties offer daily membership to Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre can be purchased from the Club reception. The College holds regular events which guests are most welcome to attend.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Goodenough College, William Goodenough House, Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AN, United Kingdom

Check In: 3.00pm  Check Out: 11.00am

Main reception switchboard:   020 7837 8888  

London House Check In & Arrival Information:

Please check in at Reception.

From Kings Cross Tube Station:

Go out of Gray's Inn Road exit (near Hammersmith and City entrance). Follow Gray's Inn Road for about 1/4 mile until you reach Heathcote Street on the right. Turn right into Heathcote Street and then immediately left into Mecklenburgh Street. The London House is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side.

From Russell Square Tube Station:

Turn right out of station and go down to the roundabout at Brunswick Square. Go straight over the roundabout. After 50 metres the road bends round to the right and 50 metres further on turn left at T junction onto Guilford Street. After 200 metres take first left onto Mecklenburgh Street, London House is on your right.

William Goodenough Check In & Arrival Information:

From Kings Cross Tube Station:

As above and William Goodenough House is directly on the right hand side when you reach Mecklenburgh Street.

From Russell Square Tube Station:

As above and take first left onto Mecklenburgh Street, follow the road around the garden square to the left. William Goodenough House is on the far side of the square.

Goodenough Club Check In & Arrival Information:

From Kings Cross Tube Station as above and The Goodenough Club is 200 metres up Mecklenburgh Street road on the left hand side.

From Russell Square Tube Station: As above.  

By Car: Please note that central London operates a Congestion Charge zone between the hours of 7.00am-6.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. The current daily charge when entering the zone is £11.50, to find out more and how to pay please visit the following website

Mecklenburgh Square has parking restrictions that begin at 8.30am and continue until 6.30pm. Much of the Square is for residential parking only. There is a NCP car park located nearby at 40 Bernard Street London WC1N 1HT. Tel: 0207 833 9956.

Heathrow Airport: Heathrow airport (LHR) is the closest. Distance: 18 miles/29KMs. A taxi will take 1 hour at a charge of around £55.00 one way.
You can also take the Piccadilly Line tube from Terminals 1,2,3, 4 or 5 direct to King’s Cross St. Pancras station. Alternatively take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station and change for the circle line to Kings Cross station. When you arrive at the station follow directions above.

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Customer reviews

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at London House, Goodenough College
Ms Beverley D

Friendly staff; clean, quiet practical room in a brilliant central location. My only request would have been tea/coffee making facilities in the room. Otherwise excellent.
Mrs Lyndsay C

As a female travelling alone Goodeneough College is a top address for feeling safe (area and accomodation). The single rooms in Goodenough House are on largeish side for british standards and very clean. Wifi works perfectly.
Ms Daniela F

The staff were fantastic: helpful, courteous, efficient. Refreshing place to stay
Miss Mary J

Very accessible for the places I wished to visit, very short walk to Tube and shops/supermarket. Quite quiet and nicely adjacent to garden/park spaces. I felt safe, the accommodation was clean and functional and the Wifi excellent. Happy to recommend.
Dr Caroline D

Wonderful location in London, convenient rooms, beautiful court yards in both houses, excellent atmosphere, inspiring - helped also to have some academic work done. Lovely and unique! - Definitely will be back soon.
Dr Matthias S

It was an amazing experience. It was like stepping into another world.
Ms Sallyann O

Thank you for a lovely stay
Mr Robin P

I needed a room for 3 with our daughter and although this is more luxurious than I would normally choose it was a really super stay. The room and bathroom were excellent, as was the breakfast. All the staff were really helpful and the location very quiet and pleasant. Thank you. Highly recommend.
Mrs caroline P

We were very favourably impressed with both the facilities and the location. We would certainly stay again if accommodation is available. We found the staff extremely pleasant and helpful which added to our enjoyment.
Mrs Susan C

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