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Russell Square, London

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Located just around the corner from the British Museum, Russell Square offers you a chance to sit down and take a break. There are extensive grassy areas as well as a central plaza with year-round caf...  read more »
  • Not like the big parks but a beautiful green space, big enough to make it a little haven of green with a nice fountain in the centre. Great place to wander, read a book or sit in the sun (when there i...  read more »
  • Russell Square is only a stones throw from the British museum. This makes it a perfect place if you are looking for somewhere green and peaceful to reflect or have a picnic either before or after your...  read more »
  • Lovely square. I could sit there for hours people -watching and reading. Also, great place to cut paths to go to the BM.
  • One of a patchwork of green squares... If we had a sunny day perfect to lie out on/eat your lunch... anyway trees and calm with benches etc a stone's throw from the bustle of Holborn and the British museum and more London's tourist magnet spots
  • We stumbled across Russel Square when leaving the British Museum. It has many trees with wide paths for those who want to relax and walk quietly in a peaceful space.
  • Like the park, the fountain in the middle of the park will open during the warm summer. Their is a nice kiosk/cafe in the park. Close to the tube station, and the Russel Hotel, and British Museum. Only that the traffic light for pedestrian next to the park always takes way too long to turn green.
  • I like this little parka lot. It is very central, but it is possible to find your own spot and do what you want without difficulty. I even study in here in warm weather.
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