Great Russell Street is great for a reason: not only does it give access to the world famous British Museum, but one of Britain’s most famous nineteenth century writers, Charles Dickens, lived at number fourteen. It has the caché of a WC1 postcode and lies at the heart of the dignified area of Bloomsbury, developed by the Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries into a fashionable residential area.
Bloomsbury is noted for its number of attractive garden squares. After a hard trudge around the British Museum, you can relax in Russell Square, Bloomsbury Square, Bedford Place, or Bedford Square where not only tourists but high-brow intellectuals eat their lunch. Its home to numerous academic institutions, such as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and parts of University of London, and will always be remembered for its literary connections, having given its name to the Bloomsbury Group.
Why not stay in the area? Tottenham Court Road Tube Station is nearby, there are plenty of restaurants around the squares and Soho is not so far away. Great Russell Street itself offers two hotels, the Bloomsbury Hotel at numbers 16-22 and the Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel at number 97, and you can work out at the Central YMCA fitness centre at number 112.