The ultimate guide to Russel Square


While the weather may be colder, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a brisk winter’s day walk, and there’s nowhere better for it than Russell Square.

Situated in Bloomsbury in the London Borough of Camden, these gardens are Grade II listed and are also on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, so are definitely worth a visit while you’re in London for the weekend or short break.

With plenty of attractions and places to visit nearby, you could easily fill a whole day here, and once you’re finished with sightseeing you are only a short walk from your room at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate. Why not head back to your room to put your feet up for a few hours? If you still feel like there’s more for you to see, get ready and head out for the evening.

The history of the Square

Russel Square is named after the surname of the Earls and Duke of Bedford, who were responsible for developing their family’s London landholdings in the 17th and 18th Century, which began with Covent Garden. The 5th Duke laid out new roads with formed Russell Square on the site of the gardens that were attached to his former home Bedford House. When the square was initially set-up it contained large terrace houses that were aimed mainly at upper-middle class families. You’ll still be able to see a number of these original houses that have survived if you head to the southern and western sides of the square.

Russel Square London

After exploring the history of this London landmark, you’ll be able to stroll back to your room at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate where a hot bath and comfortable bed will help you ease into your stay perfectly. Wake up feeling refreshed and ready to explore more of the city.

Things to do near Russell Square

There are a number of things to do in this area of London, so whether you fancy just strolling around the streets and taking in the sights or enjoying an afternoon in a museum, you’ll find plenty to fill your time.

Go to the British Museum

Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

British Museum London

Fancy a cultural experience while you’re in the city? Head to the British museum then, where you’ll be able to browse a number of exhibitions that explore themes such as art and human history. Be sure to visit the Living with Gods exhibition, which explores why humans are inclined to believe in transcendent beings.

After spending the afternoon exploring interesting exhibitions at this world-renowned museum, enjoy a leisurely stroll back to your room at one of our Boutique Hotel Paddington London.

Explore the Wiener Library

29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5DP

If you want to continue your historical journey, make your way to this library, which is oldest institution devoted to the study of the Holocaust and its causes. Browse through thought-provoking collections that include photographs, documents and first-hand accounts from people who have been personally affected by the holocaust.