Russell Square was the largest square in London when it was founded in 1799. To this day, it is still one of the largest and most popular squares in the capital.
Located less than 10 minutes walk from Crescent Hotel of London, Russell Square is near to the British Museum, the British Library and the University of London campus. It also boasts its own Tube station.
Like many of London’s squares, Russell Square was built by James Burton. It’s design was the work of Humphrey Repton, who is credited with coining the term “landscape gardening” and was the natural successor to the famous garden architect, Lancelot “Capability” Brown.
Although Russell Square underwent major refurbishment in 2002, many of the original design features implemented by Humphrey Repton were retained and restored.
During the refurbishment, a fountain was added in the centre of the square, which has gone on to become one of the major attractions of Russell Square, especially with children during the warmer months. Visitors may also like to unwind in Caffè Tropea, a cosy spot that serves classic Italian food, along with a selection of hot and cold drinks.
Russell Square received Grade II listed classification from English Heritage and is located within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. It is managed and maintained by Camden Council.