Bloomsbury and Russel Square: Relaxation Mode On
Bloomsbury and Russel Square are considered the center of city activities. However, hidden from the main roads are places of relaxation where people can escape to when the hustle and bustle of the city become overwhelming.
Aside popular tourist spots and the elegant hotels in Covent Garden London, there are lot of things when it comes to rest and recreation. The best part about London is that many of these hotspots are connected by the city’s main roads and subway lines, so that people can easily move from one spot to another. If you are planning to visit the following parks and museums, make sure to secure nearby accommodations to save time.
Bloomsbury Square, developed by the 4th Earl of Southampton, is one of the earliest places of its kind in London. It is famous for being near the official residence of former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his father, Isaac Disraeli. The park itself includes both Bloomsbury Square and Russell Square, which boasts of a green park right in the middle.
The Foundling Museum
A popular museum around the Russell Square area is The Foundling Museum. It stands at the site of a hospital for abandoned children, and was later bought by the Coran Foundation. Hence, it was built as a homage to these babies and their guardians. It was opened as a museum only in 2004. This museum is a painful reminder of the heartbreaking story of these helpless children who were abandoned by their parents.
Another famous museum in the area is the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which serves as a teaching resource for the department of archaeology of the UCL. It has one of the greatest collection of Egyptian artifacts from 3000 BC, most of which were donated by Amelia Edwards and William Matthew Flinders Petrie who sold them to UCL. It features one of the earliest wills ever, written on papyrus as well as some of the first calendars used by the ancient Egyptians.
Camley Street Natural Park
The Camley Street Natural Park is a great place to go to when you want some peace and quiet while bathing in the sunshine, even for a little while. It is near King’s Cross, and the park has almost 2 acres of wildlife sanctuary and oasis from St. Pancras basin.
Grant’s Museum of Zoology
Grant’s Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy is part of the University College of London near Russel Square. It has a huge collection of 67,000 skeletons and specimens of various animals.
For easy access to these famous parks and museums in the Bloomsbury and Russell Square area, try booking any of the hotels Gower Street London.