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Russell Square, London

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Russell Square is a large garden square in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden. It is near the University of London's main buildings and the British Museum. To the north is Woburn Place and to the south-east is Southampton Row. Russell Square tube station is nearby to the north-east.HistoryThe square is named after the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family's London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries, beginning with Covent Garden (Bedford Street). Russell Square was formed when new streets were laid out by the 5th Duke on the site of the gardens of his former home Bedford House, their London house. Other local street names relating to the Duke of Bedford include Bedford Square, Bedford Place, Bedford Avenue, Bedford Row and Bedford Way; Woburn Square and Woburn Place (from Woburn Abbey); Tavistock Square, Tavistock Place and Tavistock Street (Marquess of Tavistock), and Thornhaugh Street (after a subsidiary title Baron of Thornhaugh). The street lamps around this area carry the Bedford Arms.
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  • While staying in Bloomsbury, we went every morning for breakfast and coffee. Staff so friendly, they felt like family! Was sad to say good bye! Great pastries and breakfast items along with outdoor pa...  more »
  • The Russell Square cafe is an oasis in the heart of London. The lovely food is so reasonably priced when compared to what else is available in the vicinity. This is a venue that is well worth a visit ...  more »
  • Is located around the hotel, University, the British Museum and so many people. This is Russell Square. Saw people are resting, lounging or walking. I was healed. So much to walk during the trip. In such a place to rest and relief.
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  • Very nice and peaceful place in the centre of very crowded area. Great place to seat down relax or like us to have a lunch with kids on the grass instead of being inside
  • Beautiful little park perfect for picnics in the centre of London. Within easy walking distance of Russell Square station and the British Museum plus with an on-site cafe to relax and refresh with enticing buttery croissants.
  • It was close to the city and a metro station which makes it easily accessible from the hotel and good for friends who were visiting us while we were on holiday
  • One of my favourite London squares, nothing special just a nice place to walk and stop for a coffee or sit by the fountains.
  • Beautiful garden. This place brings back memories as the last time I came here was straight after the 7/7 London bombing.