Great Russell Street lies at the heart of one of the busiest boroughs of the English capital, Camden, and, as such, offers a wealth of outstanding attractions that visitors to this area will simply want to explore.
Running between Tottenham Court Road in the west and Southampton Row in the east, there are plenty of things to do and sights to see in the local area, including:
The British Museum
Open daily from 10am until 5.30pm (8.30pm on Fridays), the British Museum offers visitors the chance to enjoy the natural treasures of cultures from across the globe, with a wide selection of exhibitions taking place throughout the year.
A fantastic and educational experience for children and adults alike, the wealth of antiquities and insights provided by a visit to the British Museum could be the highlight of any trip to the capital for those planning a stay in the area.
With shows for all the family to enjoy and a changing roster of performances throughout the year, the Arts Theatre can be found at 6 to 7 Great Newport Street and offers seating for up to 350 guests in its breathtaking proscenium auditorium.
Opened in 1927, the theatre has been home to a wide variety of outstanding West End classic performances over the years, and continues to do so to this day.
Fans of a fantastic evening out are also able to make use of the grand array of options for entertainment at the Arts Theatre, which also hosts the Covent Garden Cocktail Club, the Madd Hatter’s Cafe and Rooms at the Arts.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Born in 1753, acclaimed architect Sir John Soane led a distinguished career and, upon his death, an Act of Parliament in 1833 decreed his home be maintained as a museum dedicated to his works and achievements.
Visitors to this day can still visit the Sir John Soane’s Museum, which has been faithfully maintained just as what during his lifetime. Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of collections, including paintings, drawings, antiquities and more.
The Foundling Museum
Exploring the rich history of the Foundling Hospital, the Foundling Museum acts a reminder of the good works carried out by the UK’s first children’s charity.
The museum houses several collections of artworks donated by famous painters, sculptors and designers who supported the organisation over the years, as well as offering numerous exhibitions and displays charting the efforts of Foundlings members to support children since its foundation in 1740.
A major arts and cultural destination not just for London but for the nation as a whole, Somerset House hosts some of the biggest live events in the capital.
During the day, the property’s beautiful courtyard features 55 dancing fountains, while the nights see concerts, performances and exhibitions throughout the year. Free guided tours also take place, allowing guests the chance to explore this impressive Tudor property in all its glory.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
All those with a taste for the bizarre will be well catered for when planning a visit to this bustling part of London, with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! a must-see attraction for anyone looking for a trip that is out of the ordinary.
Featuring more than 700 amazing artifacts and shows spread over seven floors, the attraction is fantastic for kids of all ages and is a truly unique experience for visitors to the capital.
Charles Dickens Museum
Fans of the works of acclaimed and famed author Charles Dickens can find out all about the life of this impressive literary figure during their time in Camden.
The Charles Dickens Museum can be found at 48 Doughty Street, with the property having played an important role in the writer’s life.
He is known to have written such works as Oliver Twist here, with the wonderful Georgian terraced house having been faithfully restored to provide a rare insight into Dickens’ life – complete with rare books, paintings, photographs and memorabilia.
Royal Institute of British Architecture
Individuals with a penchant for design and a taste for the arts will want to head along to the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA), which can be found just a short walk from Great Russell Street at 66 Portland Place.
The institute hosts an array of exhibitions, professional events, showcases and talks throughout the year, while visitors can be sure to find something to enthral them with the changing roster of workshops that take place every day.
RIBA is a champion for cutting-edge design and the creation of better buildings both in the UK and abroad, with its members working on some of the biggest and most high-profile projects in the world.