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Fashioned in the style of a splendid French château, grandiose Hotel Russell has seen its fair share of royals and Bloomsbury literati over the years, but it continues to move with the times. Its
flagship Tempus Restaurant occupies a splendid dining room that was originally ‘dolled up’ by Victorian designer Charles Fitzroy Doll (hence the phrase) and still boasts a riot of mighty marble
columns, carved stonework and ornate chandeliers. By contrast, polished wood floors and bare tables add an up-to-date note, while the menu offers a mixed bag of British and international dishes
ranging from hot-smoked salmon fishcakes and Gloucester Old Spot sausages with bubble and squeak to prawn cocktail, French onion soup and even chicken balti. A supporting cast of Buccleuch steaks
and puds such as baked cherry cheesecake complete the offer, along with a short list of easy-drinking wines.
The outside of Hotel Russell always reminds me of something that you would see in an American movie. There is something about the grandness of this hotel, especially at Christmas time when it is decorated with big red bows! The building overlooks Russell Square.The grandness follows through into the Tempus Restaurant. Marble pillars and columns and wooden floors make up the spacious and clean restaurant. The high ceilings are adorned with chandeliers.Our Afternoon Tea started off with a large pot of tea. The staff gave us time to relax and settle with our cups of tea before they brought out the...
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