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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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  • Russell Square is a great part of London with an extensive choice of hotels and restaurants in the area. The Square itself is nice for a relaxing sit down with the squirrels :) 
  • Close to the British M. you have this small green lung. You can see squirrels run around the area. Architecture of buildings that are worth seeing (on all Hotel Russel - now covered by scaffolding)...
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  • From soho to go up on St Pancras walk through Blomsbury, this small square is a perfect place to take a little break and recharge.
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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.