Address: Russell Square, London WC1B 3QQ
Lovers of the great outdoors and all things green and garden-like might be forgiven for thinking that a visit to the English capital offers little in the way of fabulous outside spaces, but in reality, they’d be wrong.
London is one of the busiest and most built-up of environments, but spread throughout the city are some fantastic oases of green spaces for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
One such attraction is Russell Square Gardens, and with a wealth of great attractions and open air areas for relaxation, it is a perfect destination for all those looking for a break from the urban sprawl during their time in the city.
Sights and attractions at Russell Square Gardens
Designed by renowned architect Humphry Renton (one of only three squares in the English capital from the acclaimed designer), Russell Square was originally created to be the central focal point of the gardens of the Fifth Duke of Bedford in 1800.
Today, the square and the gardens it contains retain many of their historical features that help the area to stand out from the norm, with statues incorporated of both the Duke of Bedford and Charles James Fox.
Now protected by English Heritage as a grade II-listed property, the square and its surroundings echo the patterns of the surrounding roads and houses, providing excellent views around the area.
A central fountain also provides a great meeting spot for visitors to the gardens and are a welcome provider of cooling waters during the warmer, summer months.
Russell Square Gardens activities
The square is open on all four sides and regular Punch and Judy shows can be found taking place in the gardens throughout the year. Other activities that remain popular with guests include guided tours organised by the local council, as well as a changing roster of archives and exhibitions that are held in the square and gardens and are regularly updated.
Besides the many organised attractions, visitors can also simply sit back, relax and soak up the wonderful atmosphere that is created by the area’s many mature trees, beautiful planting and sense of calm.
Indeed, guests can let the stresses of traversing the busy streets of London melt away when relaxing for an hour (or more) at Russell Square Gardens.
Essential information for garden visitors
Russell Square Gardens is open to the public every weekend, from 10 am until 5 pm on both Saturdays and Sundays.
Visitors who plan to bring their dog are advised that pets should be kept on their lead at all times in the garden, while nearby public toilets can be found at Holborn library (located just a short walk away).
Tube station connections for Russell Square Gardens
Getting from A to B in one of the most sprawling and busy capital cities on the planet can sometimes be a tricky task for visitors to London, but fear not, as the extensive London Underground network offers a simple and affordable way to get around.
An array of nearby stations can be found in the vicinity of Russell Square Gardens, including:
- Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
- Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines)
- Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines)
- Goodge Street (Northern line)
- Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines)
- Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
- Euston (Northern and Victoria lines)
- Kings Cross St Pancras Underground Station (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
In addition, visitors to the area can make use of extensive overground rail links from the nearby stations of London Euston, St Pancras International and Kings Cross. There are also excellent bus services that operate around the clock in close proximity to Russell Square Gardens.
Full details of all public transport options to this popular destination can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.
Parking options near Russell Square Gardens
Meanwhile, individuals keen to take to the roads during their time in the city can do just that, with plenty of excellent parking facilities to be found in the locale surrounding Russell Square Gardens. Options include:
- RCP Parking – Bernard Street Car Park (0.1 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Bloomsbury Square Car Park (0.3 miles, five minutes)
- Judd Street Car Park (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Shaftesbury (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
- London Euston Station Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Covent Garden (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
- NCP Car Park Berners Street (0.8 miles, 15 minutes)
However, visitors are reminded that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day in central London, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. It can therefore be advisable for motorists to plan their journeys in advance to avoid these times of higher congestion when possible.