There is a new cafe called Bloom on the lower ground floor in Senate House. Open to all members with a library card. Access from the turnstile on the ground floor down wooden steps. Step-free access from the lower ground floor using your card is not yet activated.
Members of the Hellenic and Roman Societies and other readers in the Library or visitors to the Institute of Classical Studies are most welcome to use any of the following facilities.
There are also a number of restaurants and cafés in nearby Store Street (directly opposite the Malet Street entrance between Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road); or, on the other side of Senate House, there are cafés close to Russell Square including an Italian café in the gardens. In the nearby Brunswick Shopping Centre just beyond Russell Square underground station there are more cafés / restaurants as well as two supermarkets. In October 2021, The Warburg Institute posted information for their new students on their blog - scroll down the section Places to eat for an extensive list of recommended places in Bloomsbury.
If you have your own refreshments and wish to have somewhere to sit, or simply want to talk with friends or colleagues, in addition to the seating area available by the library entrance, the School of Advanced Study lobby on the 2nd floor of Senate House has a number of comfortable seating areas. Please feel welcome to use this space. It is permitted to take still bottled water into the library.