Russell Square  

 
 
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Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE
 
 
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The grade II listed Russell Square is a large green space located within the Bloomsbury district with its own cafe, overlooked by the Hotel Russell and the University of London's Senate House. It is one of only three London squares designed by Humphry Repton and is considered by many to be one of the finest in London. Originally designed as the centrepiece of the 5th Duke of Bedford's 1800 development plan for north Bloomsbury - whose statue still stands on the south side of the square - Russell Square has its own cafe, open from 7am to dusk all year round, and is at the heart of the annual Bloomsbury Festival, a festival of talks, music and cultural events held every October.

 

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Underground Stations

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Russell Square Tube Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
Holborn Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Camden Road Overground Station
 
28 minutes walk
 
 
 
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Russell Court NCP
 
1 minutes walk
 
Brunswick Square NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £80  33% off
Coram Street, WC1N | 2 minutes from Russell Square
This is a smart, modern hotel located in one of the Capital's oldest and most beautiful areas. Bloomsbury is a great place to stay since it's ... More
 
 
 
Bloomsbury Park Hotel London
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £67  23% off
Southampton Row, WC1B | 3 minutes from Russell Square
The gorgeous Victorian building that houses the Thistle Bloomsbury Park is tall enough to offer great views of London from the top rooms. Located between the ... More
 
 
 
The Montague on the Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £160  36% off
15 Montague Street, WC1B | 3 minutes from Russell Square
Overlooking the gardens of Montague Garden Square, this sedate hotel has a peaceful feel even though the British Museum is right next door and Covent Garden's ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Russell Square

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Russell Square
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Wiener Library
London > Attractions > Museums
29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 3 minutes from Russell Square
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest library dedicated to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The library also hosts a regular programme ... More
 
 
 
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Coram's Fields
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from Russell Square
Coram's Fields is a special place for children where adults are allowed in only if accompanied by a child. Tucked away in the city centre it ... More
 
 
 
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The Foundling Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from Russell Square
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Russell Square

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Mauricio Valenzuela & Mario Fonseca: Fragmented Dialogues
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 11th May to 30th June 2018 - Various Times
Russell Square, Pied Bull Yard, Great Russell Street, WC1B | 5 minutes from Russell Square
Exhibitions & Art, Photography....More
 
 
 
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Charmed Lives In Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 8th March to 15th July 2018 - Various Times
Russell Square, Great Russell Street, WC1B | 5 minutes from Russell Square
A look at the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental ...More
 
 
 
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Sounds For Syria
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Saturday 23rd June 2018 - 7.30pm-10pm
Russell Square, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R | 7 minutes from Russell Square
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Entertainment near Russell Square

Near Russell Square
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The Horse Hospital
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 1 minute from Russell Square
As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
 
 
 
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Curzon Bloomsbury
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from Russell Square
The arthouse Renoir Cinema underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 by The Curzon Cinema Group. Reopening as the Curzon Bloomsbury, the new name pays homage to ... More
 
 
 
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RADA - Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Malet Street, WC1E | 6 minutes from Russell Square
RADA's 160-seat Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre. ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Russell Square

The best shops and markets near Russell Square
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Gay's the Word
London > Shopping > Books
66 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from Russell Square
A broad selection of gay and lesbian interest books ranging from fiction, through biography, travel and counselling. Magazines and cards are also on offer.... More
 
 
 
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Alara Wholefoods
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
58 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from Russell Square
Alara Wholefoods Health shop on Marchmont Street has been recommended by one of our readers, poet Kim Morrissey, who took the trouble to write in to ... More
 
 
 
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School of Life
London > Shopping > Specialists
70 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from Russell Square
The School of Life offers so much more than your average shopping experience. In fact, it doesn't do it justice to label it a mere shop ... More
 
 
 
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Neptune
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
Guilford Street, WC1B | Same location as Russell Square
Brett Redman and Margaret Crow, the duo behind The Richmond in Hackney, have moved in with the Principal London to give ... More
 
 
 
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Junction Bar & Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street - Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from Russell Square
Modern European Cuisine... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Antalya Restaurant - Russell Square
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
103-105 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 2 minutes from Russell Square
Turkish Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Education near Russell Square

Near Russell Square
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 3 minutes from Russell Square
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is among the best schools for the studies of foreign cultures and languages in the world. In fact, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
RADA Chenies Street
London > Education > Adult Education
18-22 Chenies Street, WC1E | 6 minutes from Russell Square
One of three RADA sites across London, this Chenies Street building contains rehearsal rooms, the finance department, RADA Enterprises, the RADA Marketing department, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 7 minutes from Russell Square
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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Dolphin Swimming Club
London > Leisure > Activities
U of L Pool, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E | 5 minutes from Russell Square
Swimming lessons for children and aquaphobic adults. This is one of the more popular swimming schools in London, and one of the most long-running, with over ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
All Star Lanes, Holborn
London > Leisure > Activities
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 5 minutes from Russell Square
This fun bowling alley and restaurant is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Ted's Grooming Room & Ottoman Lounge
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
31 Theobalds Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1X | 7 minutes from Russell Square
Inspired by the skills and techniques of the Ottoman Empire's barbers, Ted's Grooming Room provides a sanctuary for men seeking the perfect shave. With ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London Russell Square.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from Russell Square
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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Marquis Cornwallis
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31 Marchmont Street, WC1N | 3 minutes from Russell Square
Always a popular choice for local workers and tourists taking in the delights of Bloomsbury, Marquis Cornwallis , located on Marchmont Street, close ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Lamb
London > Nightlife > Pubs
94 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from Russell Square
On the peaceful, pedestrianised Lamb's Conduit Street, hidden behind an 18th century facade, is The Lamb, a beautifully preserved Grade II listed Victorian pub. The pub ... More
 
 
 
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Russell Square clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Perseverance
London > Nightlife > Bars
63 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from Russell Square
Formerly run by Billy Drew (who has opened The Chippy in Soho), The Perseverance in Lamb's Conduit Street re-opened in April 2007 under new management. It's ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Scarfes Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
252 High Holborn, Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V | 7 minutes from Russell Square
Named after the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe (whose characterful illustrations will adorn the bar's walls), Scarfes Bar is a shining beacon in the otherwise lacking High Holborn ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Coral Room
London > Nightlife > Bars
16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B | 8 minutes from Russell Square
Acclaimed designer Martin Brudnizki - responsible for the interiors at Dean Street Townhouse, Hix and Scarfes Bar - has breathed new life into The ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Russell Square.
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The Foundling Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from Russell Square
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 5 minutes from Russell Square
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 8 minutes from Russell Square
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
 
 
 
 

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The Beach Bar at The Montague
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Afternoon Tea at The Montague 3 minutes walk from Russell Square

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The Foundling Museum 4 minutes walk from Russell Square

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Handel's Giulio Cesare
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The Foundling Museum 4 minutes walk from Russell Square

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First Amongst Equals
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Exhibitions | Until 13th January 2019 

The Foundling Museum 4 minutes walk from Russell Square

The Foundling Museum celebrates the remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society with the year-long First Amongst Equals. Spanning ...More

 
Prints And Drawings From The Fontainebleau School (1530-1580)
Exhibitions | Until 29th July 2018 

British Museum 5 minutes walk from Russell Square

Works by the international team of artists who worked at the royal palace of Fontainebleau in France during the 16th ...More

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece
Rodin and the art of ancient Greece
Exhibitions | Until 29th July 2018 

British Museum 5 minutes walk from Russell Square

French sculptor Auguste Rodin, one of the greatest and most innovative sculptors of the modern era, took his inspiration from ...More

 
Charmed Lives In Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor
Exhibitions | Until 15th July 2018 

British Museum 5 minutes walk from Russell Square

A look at the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their ...More

Money And Medals: Mapping The UK's Numismatic Collections
Exhibitions | Until 30th September 2018 

British Museum 5 minutes walk from Russell Square

Numismatics is the study of coins, medals, banknotes and associated objects. The display explores best practice in preserving and explaining ...More

Mauricio Valenzuela & Mario Fonseca: Fragmented Dialogues
Exhibitions | Until 30th June 2018 

Austin/Desmond Fine Art 5 minutes walk from Russell Square

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