Russell Square
National Gallery National Gallery. London

The square is named after the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family's London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The square contained large terraced houses aimed mainly at upper middle class families. Those to the west are now occupied by the University of London, and there is a blue plaque on one at the north west corner commemorating that T. S. Eliot worked there for many years.

The Cabmen's Shelter Fund was set up

in London in 1875 to run shelters for the drivers of hansom cabs and later hackney carriages. The Russell Square shelter is one of the thirteen shelters that still exist

In 2002 the square was re-landscaped and the café in the square was redeveloped. The centrepiece of the new design is a fountain, which has become popular with children in the summer.

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opening times
Sunday   07.30 - 10.00
Monday   07.30 - 10.00
Tuesday   07.30 - 10.00
Wednesday   07.30 - 10.00
Thursday   07.30 - 10.00
Friday   07.30 - 10.00
Saturday   07.30 - 10.00

c/o Parks and Open Spaces Section
7th Floor
Camden Town Hall Extension
Argyle Street   WC1H 8EQ
+44 (0) 207 974 1693

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