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Friday, 15 July 2011

Hotel President: Russell Square, London.

Oft overlooked (by me at any rate), but increasingly of interest (to me etc) is the President on (just about) Russell Square. Here they lived in the spring and summer of 1963, and, though they almost certainly moved about a bit, for at least a while ver lads can be pinned down to rooms circa 115/116, right at the end of a corridor on the first floor. There has been refurbishment in the interim, inevitably, but the rooms are still there in the same position, and available to be slept in by anyone with 100 pounds or so.
The reception area has changed a bit - new lifts, and the old desk completely removed to provide space for seating:

But it's still recognisably the same place, and wandering around the corridors, there remains a palpable air of "60s" something or other or something (or other). It's also the place where the following rather wonderful pis (that's a typo, clearly, but left in for reasons of childishness) was taken:

Lots of photos from the President period exist, but not too many "nows" from inside the rooms; any "readahs" who can help, at any point, do get in touch.
Cheers Piet.


  1. This is a fab post (as always!). I want to book the next flight to London and check into this hotel!

  2. I was there in the President in July. Hotel is joined to Imperial and shops. Great 60s style lounge bar upstairs in Imperial. Stone's throw from Russell Square tube turn down street immediately to left on leaving station and President is straight in front. Cook's uses it as part of their rail travel deals.