Russell Square

Russell Square Guide

Russell Square

is a large square park located in the very heart of Bloomsbury, not too far away from The British Museum. This square was designed and created by Humphrey Repton back in 1806, especially for the fifth duke of Bedford. The duke’s statue is still situated in the gardens of this park to this very day. Russell square was actually created when several brand new streets were laid out by the duke on the site of the very gardens of his former home known as Bedford house. This large green space currently features its very own cafe and is overlooked by the upmarket Hotel Russell, and Senate House of the University of London. The main feature of Russell Square is that every year it is at the heart of the Bloomsbury Festival, held annually, featuring music, cultural events, and motivational and educational talks and speeches held in October.

Other attractions in and around Russell Square include Coram’s fields, a playground for children where adults may only enter if accompanied by their child. It covers five whole acres and features a menagerie, a playground, and a park. For something a little more intellectual however, why not visit the Wiener library, the oldest library in the world, dedicated to the studying of the Holocaust, its legacies, and its causes. This library also features exhibits looking at the many aspects of Nazi life back in the Second World War. It is a real eye opener that is fascinating and gut wrenching at the same time.

Russell Square’s Transport Services. For your travel concerns…

  • Russell square underground station is a small and busy station served by the Piccadilly line.
  • Buses serving this area include: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390, N5, N20, N29, N73, N253, N279.
  • Russell Square is inside the Congestion Charge Zone. Please ensure you have made adequate arrangements if you are travelling to this area by car.
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