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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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  • August 18, 2017
    I found this place by chance walking after a strenuous but productive visit to the British Museum. Their care jardiners were the perfect rest. London always has a beautiful green space around the corner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Russell Square close to the British Museum and SOAS is my favourite public square in London. Nice to come here during lunch break, sit on the grass , have a coffee or drink and read a book....  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Title says it all- a relaxing garden in Central London. Take a walk round and relax, take time to sit down and watch the world go by. Lovely scenry all very well kept and seconds away from the hustle ...  more »
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  • Russell Square... Home to begging squirrels. Haven for sleepy tourists. A great stop for a nip of coffee. Breeding ground for the city's herds of rolling luggage. Lunching getaway for scores of local office born Londoners to escape the cubicle's embrace. Kidding aside, the square is an idyllic oasis in Central London. A great place to put up one's feet and enjoy all the beauty often gated off from the public by private.
  • I'd call it an average Square in London. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing spectacular either. In nice weather it can be very pretty. The grass is patchy in some areas though.
  • Nice plaza in the heart of London. Nice to hang out and kept meticulously clean. Living in San Francisco, it is a joy to see small urban parks like this that have not been taken over by junkies. Thank you London!
  • Awesome in Spring and Summer. Lot of squirrels around and grass to sit on. Grab food ad nearby UCL Thursday market and sit here
  • Nice and relaxing place to go for a bit of relaxing day out. Good place to take your kids and dogs

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