This magnificent thé-au-lait (“tea with milk”) terracotta facade has stood on Russell Square since 1898.
Known for much of its life as the Hotel Russell, and currently called the Kimpton Fitzroy London, the building was designed by architect Charles Fitzroy Doll. The story goes that the hotel’s restaurant is almost identical to the Titanic’s dining room, which was also designed by Doll.
If you look closely where the flags are, you’ll see the life-size statues of four British Queens - Elizabeth I, Mary II, Anne and Victoria - situated above the above the main entrance. An impressive dome on the roof was lost in an air raid in 1941 and never replaced.
The building was recently renovated and, as we were standing in front of it to take some pictures, an elderly lady told us that the local people were actually against the renovation - they liked it shabby apparently! Hahaha 😂