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Our History

Embrace Our Story

Welcome to the heart and soul of Pickwick Hall, where we unveil the essence of who we are and what sets us apart. Our story is one of dedication, passion and a profound connection to the vibrant city of London.

At Pickwick Hall, our mission is simple yet profound: to provide an exceptional, affordable and unforgettable lodging experience in central London. We believe that your journey should be more than just a stay; it should be a collection of memories you'll cherish for a lifetime.

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Meet the Faces Behind Pickwick Hall

Making a Difference Together

Meet Patrick and Clara Hancock, the visionaries behind Pickwick Hall. With over two decades of experience managing bed and breakfast hotels and our beloved hostel in the Bloomsbury area, they are the driving force behind our commitment to hospitality.

Patrick Hancock: A true London enthusiast, Patrick has not only managed hospitality establishments but has also dedicated his time to volunteer as a guide in six galleries of the British Museum. His profound knowledge of London's history and culture ensures that every guest receives the warmest welcome and valuable insider tips.

Clara Hancock: Clara, an accomplished artist, brings her creative flair to Pickwick Hall. Her artistic talents extend beyond the hostel walls, with exhibitions of her silk paintings and wood and stone sculptures gracing galleries in London and her native Colombia. Clara's passion for art and culture infuses every corner of Pickwick Hall with warmth and creativity. Further details can be found at her web site:

Our Love for Bloomsbury

Discover Nautical Quirkiness

Both Patrick and Clara have a deep connection to the Bloomsbury area, where Pickwick Hall resides. This historic neighborhood, once frequented by literary luminaries like Charles Dickens, captures their hearts. Their dedication to Bloomsbury shines through in every aspect of the hostel's ambiance and service.

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Our Commitment to You

  • Personal Attention: As a small hostel, we offer personalised care and attention to every guest, ensuring that your stay is comfortable and memorable.

  • Affordability without Compromise: We believe that quality shouldn't come at a premium. Our affordable rates allow you to experience the best of London without breaking the bank. 

  • Local Insights: With our insider knowledge of London, we're here to help you discover hidden gems and explore the city like a seasoned traveller. 


  • Cultural Connection: Clara and Patrick's deep appreciation for culture and art infuses Pickwick Hall, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere.

  • Bloomsbury's Legacy: We honour the heritage of Bloomsbury by preserving its historical charm while offering modern comforts. 

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