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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 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michiko O
Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Dartford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is not a huge park but it is a lovely and relaxing one. An oasis of green in the middle of a city. There is also a cafe on site which sells a large selection of food and drink at reasonable prices. Seating inside and out and the staff are very friendly and helpful. A lovely park

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

Nice park with plenty of seats if you want a bit of time away from the hussle & bussle of London,lovely fountain & I loved the squirrels

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

One of my favourite spots in London and a great place to sit and have a coffee and pastry while watching the world pass by in this beautiful spot. Not entirely peaceful as the traffic noise is close by but sitting under the trees and enjoying the view makes up for it. Great choice of food and cakes...always received a... More 

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Close to Holborn tube & the British Museum. Surrounded by interesting buildings and plenty of places to eat & drink or buy a takeaway and sit in the park. Plenty of seats and a Lovely oasis of green in the area. The Hotel Russell and University of London buildings overlooks the park and there is nice fountain area and a... 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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