"the boarding houses of Bloomsbury in the winter"

Bloomsbury is an area of central London, situated in the London borough of Camden, which  is home to many important academic institutions and hospitals.

It gave its name to the 'Bloomsbury group', a circle of writers, intellectuals, and artists amongst which Virginia Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell, were prominent figures. Other members of the group included Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes and E.M. Forster.

Vanessa Bell by Roger Fry, 1916
Public DomainVanessa Bell by Roger Fry, 1916 - Credit: Roger Fry
Lytton Strachey by Dora Carrington
Public DomainLytton Strachey by Dora Carrington - Credit: Dora Carrington
E.M. Forster by Dora Carrington (1924/5)
Public DomainE.M. Forster by Dora Carrington (1924/5) - Credit: Dora Carrington