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Russell Square

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Address: Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH, England

Square located in Bloomsbury central London, with easy access to nearby...

Square located in Bloomsbury central London, with easy access to nearby attractions like the British Museum, Covent Garden and Oxford Street for shopping.

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The Heart of London

You must have been to various places in London, but when you stay longer than a week, I recommend you to stay at Russell Square. This time I stayed eleven days in London... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 13, 2016
Michiko O
Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 cafe.

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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 is some :-)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 visit. I wouldn't make a special journey to visit Russell Square however it is a lovely place with plenty of trees, benches and... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at a hotel directly across from this square and gardens and can only say 1 thing...fantastic place well that 2 things.. the hole area surrounding the gardens is totally different from what you expect from London as it's very laid back and the gardens itself is a great find,watch out for the squirrels as they are running around all... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

You must have been to various places in London, but when you stay longer than a week, I recommend you to stay at Russell Square. This time I stayed eleven days in London, visiting the British Library, taking a tube to the Harrods department store, riding on a coach from Victoria Coach Station to Stratford-upon-Avon. I also visited Oxford by... More 

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Lot of greens, fountain, a bit of seating, cafe and a lot of happy people relaxing here It is quite big compared to other squares in London

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

You can bet that when the sun is out, this place will always be buzzing, particularly during the academic year. So, if you don't feel like heading to one of the Royal Parks, head here for a stroll in the gardens.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

This review is of Café Russell-- its a nice little café, reasonable prices for the center of London; a bruschetta, giant rice meatball, and simple salad plus a water was only 12.50, hard to find that elsewhere. Food is OK, nothing real fancy, quite passable. The place is overrun with pigeons, but it's nice and quiet and dog/kid friendly area.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

In contrast to most parks in London, this one is very small with very little going for it, apart from plenty of places to sit, and very friendly birds and squirrels that will get very close if you are eating. There is a statue here, but it faces outwards, so you need to walk around the outside of the park... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

These gardens have a lively, friendly feel. Perhaps it is because of the children playing in the floor level fountain in the middle of the square, or the antics of dogs bemused by squirrels, or the people sitting relaxed on the grass or sitting on the terrace of the lovely cafe. It is a great route to take when heading... More 

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Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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