Is Russell Square in London all torn up?

Apr 25th, 2002, 09:39 AM
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Elizabeth
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Is Russell Square in London all torn up?

If you live there, can you tell me--is it? I want to stay around there. The more details the better if there is something going on.

At present I want to stay at the Euston Plaza hotel on Upper Woburn Street. But would love to know if there's any terrible neighborhood noise problem. Which I doubt--that it would be bad enough to bother me--I live in Manhattan, sleep by a window, etc.
 
Apr 25th, 2002, 10:05 AM
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I replied more fully on another thread, but the quick answer is NO. I read those same dire warnings before I left and had some second thoughts myself. Russell Square itself appears to have been re-landscaped, but it looks to be just about finished.

There seems to be a lot of construction all over London. In fact, if you stand on the Millennium Bridge and look out toward's St. Paul's, the area is surrounded by cranes.

But none of that should be a distraction. Do you really want to visit a place that is frozen in time?
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 01:46 PM
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Hi Ken,

It's nice to know that Russell Square is looking better. When I was there in early March, it really did look bad - just a big pile of dirt with guys working on it, no plants at all. I mentioned it in my trip report because I didn't want anyone to book a hotel overlooking the famous square and then be disappointed.

You certainly make a valid point that no one wants to visit a place that is frozen in time, but on the other hand, why should someone spend thousands of dollars to go to London and have a view of a pile of mud?

I agree that Bloomsbury is a wonderful neighborhood to stay, and I'm glad that Russell Square is back to looking nice again.

Julie

 
Apr 26th, 2002, 01:54 PM
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No one wants to visit a place frozen in time? That's one of the main reasons I love Europe - to seek out those kind of places.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 03:24 PM
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Russell Sq. has been replanted with new grass and the entire grassy areas are staked off with wooden fences until the grass comes in. I was there just a couple of days ago. All of London is under construction - all we saw were cranes on top of bldgs. in all directions. Many streets are torn up too.
 
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