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  • “In the summer it is very popular with tourists and school trips who picnic here after visiting the British Museum.” in 5 reviews

  • “The fountain in the middle helps for the fresh air in the hottest days.” in 7 reviews

  • “It's very popular amongst students and tourists, and provides a lovely scenic shortcut through to Russell Square Station.” in 6 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    20/2/2012
    8 check-ins

    This place would get 5 stars if it had better prices!

    The food they have there is great to pick up quickly between class, but really can't be frequented every day because it might set you back. The prices aren't terrible, but sometimes the portion doesn't fit the price. Also, their hot chocolate is deplorable.

    It really should have wifi...and it really doesn't. What coffee places don't have wifi these days? Psh.

    ONTO THE POSITIVES. They have absolutely amazing large chocolate covered donuts that will blow your pants off. These are fantastic! Their sandwiches are quality as well and they have many nice Italian baked items. They have this garlic bread-type thing which has the texture of a churro but is shaped like a slice of bread. It's fantastic (but a tad too expensive).

    Anyways, the place is located right in Russell Square which is super convenience when leaving any of Birkbeck's buildings, and it's a quick place to stop and pick something up!

  • 1.0 star rating
    23/12/2009

    I had the most dissappointing baked potato straight outta a microwave!

    I was dying for a traditional baked potatoe with a thick, wrinkled, crispy skin not a streamed translucent one!

    i came straight out the gym hungry as could be.  Our uni does sell the traditionally baked pots,  but  they also give you wooden cutlery that you cannot cut the skin with! so i went searching in vain!

    Will not be returning not even if a mega-super hot date asked me there! that's how mad I was at that pathetic excuse for a jack-pot!

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/6/2010

    Nothing too special about this cafe, except for its convenience to school, the Tube, the British Museum and all things Central London. It's a fabulous place to people-watch; I used to go here every Friday mid-day after lectures and 'read,' but instead commiserate with classmates and comment on white-bearded bespectacled men in intellectual conversation.

    Food's not fabulous, but not horrible either - they have a wide variety, from fry-ups to paninis and pastries. Service ok. Location, though is ab fab.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/11/2008
    First to Review

    This cafe in one corner of Russell Square park has unbelievable charm due to its lovely location. You can sit outdoors on a warm day, although it is always busy with tourists stopping for a bite to eat, students and people on a lunch break.

    They make a fantastic cappuccino, and the sandwiches are very good. You can also get some nice pizzas to share, on a thin crust, or soups and pasta. I think its a bit awkward having a large meal if you don't manage to get enough tables between all of you, which is what happened to me the last time I was there.

    It was a place to linger on in though, and we ended up staying out till late in the afternoon, soaking up the sun. You just might end up getting soaked full stop, in this weather!

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/8/2010

    I really like walking through Russell Square. I came here recently for a picnic (en route from Fitzrovia to Farringdon) and it's a lovely little spot for it. Because people forget that it's here. You're only five minutes from Tottenham Court Road. Just a lovely little bit of greenery, that isn't ruined by people playing football in the middle.

    It is a bit noisy at rush hour, but if you've got a bottle of cheap bubbly, you probably won't care. Come after work, sit about in the sunshine and enjoy. Fun, isn't it?

    • Qype User peterb…
    • London
    • 27 friends
    • 73 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    Russell Square is a beautiful square with an interesting modern fountain at its centre. It's a great place to hang out and is usually busy on weekday lunchtimes with office workers eating their lunch there. Probably not worth a trip there specifically to see it, it is probably worth visining for half an hour or longer if you are in the area.

    There is a cafe on the side of the square, and a few shops near by, if you want to get something to eat or a paper to read.

    • Qype User Leonie…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 48 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    The square was recently refurbished based on the original designs but with the addition of a modern fountain that changed height and is popular with birds.

    The square is very tranquil and there are lots of benches and it is a good size. In the summer it is very popular with tourists and school trips who picnic here after visiting the British Museum. Luckily there is space for everyone. There is a small cafe in the NW corner that serves all the usual cafe fare and is OK value for money. They have seating inside and out which gets popular in the summer.

    A nice square to visit if you are close by and fancy resting a while in a relatively tranquil park area.

    • Qype User juliam…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 32 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    17/11/2008 Updated review

    This cafe has ultimate charm because of it's lovely view out on to Russell Square gardens.
    A nice place to spend the afternoon, meet friends or warm up, there are a good number of lunch options here.

    Staff are friendly and helpful and food is served quickly, however it isn't anything outstanding. The freshness and quickness is one of the main selling factors for me

    I'd recommend this cafe more for a cup of freshly brewed italian coffee, which is truly delicious and strong, or the thick hot chocolate. Bread pudding is good as well.

    Prices are fairly standard, around what you'd pay for a sandwich or coffee anywhere else in london. It's a stop off point for tourists going to museums or shops, and rather busy at most times. Go for the convenience and get a window seat, to enjoy this cafe to the full

    5.0 star rating
    15/11/2008 Previous review
    A slice of relaxing green space among the garden squares and universities of Bloomsbury
    A…
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    • Qype User London…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 19 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/11/2007

    A really nice place to enjoy your lunch - the square is surrounded by busy roads but is actually a little spot of rare calm right in the middle of London. There is a fountain in the middle with benches running round it and a little cafe on one of the sides. There are lots of other small and cosy cafes nearby too as well as the Brunswick for restaurants and shopping, and of course the British Museum is just a stone's throw away.
    There's your whole Sunday planned for you!

    • Qype User jeremy…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/8/2013

    The greatest little park in Bloomsbury area. The fountain in the middle helps for the fresh air in the hottest days. Stop there for a few minutes and enjoy the silence.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/1/2009

    The sandwiches are a bit too pricey for what you get, but the espresso is fantastic, and you have to give points to a place where you can sit in teh park and enjoy a coffee.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/12/2008

    Russell Square is not my favourite London square, nor is this the nicest cafe in the world but I used to meet a friend for breakfast here when we both worked nearby and in the early morning sunshine and quiet this is a lovely place that feels a world away from boring office jobs. I always stuck to a cup of tea and a doughnut, never quite feeling up to the perfectly decent looking fry up they do but these were perfectly satisfactory as the doughnuts were enormous. One thing I didn't like was that the manager was always really rude to his staff which does tend to put you off a place. Still, sit outside and it's great.

    • Qype User filimb…
    • London
    • 44 friends
    • 300 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    One of the best parts of a walk into central London from King's Cross, which I heartily recommend DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. Tourists should avoid Bloomsbury after dark, it is full of cut throats and gangs of teens on bikes.
    Russell Square is a noisy haven from the traffic that echoes, that orbits it perpetually. Squirrels abound, seemingly unfazed by the constant rumble. They will take any bits of food from your hand, not because they are tame but because they are starving to death, and they would rather demean themselves by getting your human stink on them than be too weak to stay up a tree, safe.
    The colours of the leaves are glorious at this time of year and this is probably the last warm day to really experience it. Get down there! Warning: there is a fountain in the middle that comes seemingly from the very earth, try not to walk on it as it could jet right up you.
    Video link: uk.youtube.com/watch?v=b…

    • Qype User michae…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/2/2013

    It is really good place and my favourite to sit near fountain to read a book.

    • Qype User Berr…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 134 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/5/2008

    This cafe is excellent due to its location, in the centre of Russell Square where you can sit outside and watch the squirrels. It is overpriced, presumably because of high rents as well as tourists, but you can get really nice ice cream, egg and chips, baked potatoes, and the homemade soup at ok prices. There are teas and coffees too of course. It is family run and friendly. Beware the pigeons nicking your chips!

    • Qype User dmn00…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 76 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Russell square is a large square garden with diagonal paths and a fountain in the middle. The place is close to the russell square tube station and the british museum. The place is really popular and there are always people there and also sometimes hotdog and coffee stands. I really recommend passing or walking through it if you are in the area. It is really good.

    • Qype User Ola…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 8 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    As I was growing up, Russell Square was my local park and I loved going there. Still do. It's the perfect space for going on a quick stroll with the dog or a quick run. It's very popular amongst students and tourists, and provides a lovely scenic shortcut through to Russell Square Station. I would recommend it any time of year!

    • Qype User Atzenb…
    • Berlin, Germany
    • 4 friends
    • 47 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    23/2/2012

    It's a really nice place!

    • Qype User flobu…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    20/9/2009

    Lovely location but correspondingly overpriced. In a neighbourhood overflowing with similar lunch places, there's no excuse for the tragic, microwaved jacket potato I was served -- plunked on a bare plate, drowning in flavourless cheese.

    You'd be much better off picking up a takeaway sandwich somewhere else and relaxing in the park on a bench for free.

    • Qype User Nguyen…
    • London
    • 25 friends
    • 37 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/1/2008

    Bloomsbury and Russell Square are very interesting parts of London because it's famous for the surrounding English heritage monuments. The Russell Square is a Georgian garden, with a Modern styled fountain in the middle. The water shoots out from the ground, so the children will love it, just be careful as the water is cold so bring a towels for your little ones, in case they do want to get wet. During the hot days, the grass area is filled up with many students skipping their lectures or failing miserably to cram in revision before their exams. The reason for this is that Russell Square is seconds away from three top universities, UCL, the London School of Oriental and African Studies and Birkbeck, and the students love this park. Additionally, there is also the British Museum and Senate House library, which attracts many tourists and serious academics who come to relax on the park chairs, to re-locate themselves on the London map, or catch up on scholastic reading. Other specials, is the restaurant in the middle of the park, which is well very expensive, very posh and very ohh ahh. And there is an interesting pathway that has a fancy arch covered with entwined branches and leaves, that bloom in the summer, that I'd recommend for a romantic moment on a summer night.
    So, if you have the time,
    and have a few minutes spare,
    to sit and watch Bloomsbury life go by,
    then go to the middle,
    the Middle of Russell Square.

    Wow, that rhymes J

    • Qype User yvonne…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 12 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    22/1/2009 Updated review

    Great location. This park is quieter than most of the other outdoor areas in central London. Russell Square is a haven for dog walkers in the early morning. One of my favourite green areas in central London. Good for picnics or a quick wander. Doesn't feel like you're in the centre of the capital, very quiet. The fountains run all year round, always fun to see children running in them with their parents look of disapproval.

    3.0 star rating
    22/1/2009 Previous review
    Good cafe, serving a selection of light meals and snacks. Soup is good for Winter lunch. It has a… Read more
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