Emerge from Russell Square Tube station, head south and you will discover a district of elegant Georgian squares and hidden mews offering a range of flats and period houses that could be a wonderful place to live.
The area has been a residential district for more than three centuries, built and enjoyed by the grand estate owners, the Southampton and Bedford families. The Bedford Estates still controls a large tract of the area and has embarked on a Marylebone-type makeover by upgrading garden squares, refurbishing historic shopfronts and letting premises to independent retailers.
Flats are being created above shops, while Georgian townhouses used as offices after the war are being brought back to life as homes.
Bloomsbury Square is the WC1 jewel, where a pair of grand townhouses has been renovated and split into rental apartments costing from £425 to £1,400 a week. Call Hurford Salvi Carr on 020 7299 3322.