Russell Square

The West End

At the heart of Bloomsbury and originally laid out in 1800 by Humphrey Repton, Russell Sq was dark and bushy until a striking facelift early in the new millennium pruned the trees, tidied up the plants and gave it a 10m-high fountain and lovely glassed-in cafe.

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