The History of Hotel Russell
Over the years, Hotel Russell has stood proudly in Russell Square and watched the great city of London change, grow and evolve into centre of global economics, culture, government and style.
And as London has grown and changed so too has Hotel Russell, with its rich and varied history that has seen this beautiful architectural gem become one of the most constant pieces in London’s architectural life.
For example, did you know?
- The Hotel Russell was the only hotel in the Fredrick hotel group not to be taken over by the war office in WWII
- There are four statues of Queens on the hotels exterior. The four suites are named after them, Victoria, Elizabeth, Anne and Mary
- When the hotel was built it was one of the only buildings in the city that had the luxury (and it was luxury) of having rooms with en-suite bathrooms
- The hotel is home to ‘Lucky George’, a resident bronze dragon who sits atop the 2nd floor stairs. Fitzroy-Doll, one of the most renowned architects of his time, had two dragons moulded: one went to Hotel Russell….the other is today 2.5 miles beneath sea level in the Atlantic Ocean aboard the remains of RMS Titanic