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Southampton Row is major thoroughfare running northwest-southeast in Bloomsbury, Camden, central London, England. The road is designated as part of the A4200.


To the north, Southampton Row adjoins the southeast corner of Russell Square. To the south at Holborn tube station, it becomes Kingsway at the junction with High Holborn.

On the corner with Theobald's Road (part of the A401) is Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Cochrane Theatre. There are several major hotels on Southampton Row, including the Bedford, Bonnington and Holborn hotels.


The street was named after Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton. It was previously known as Kingsgate Street.

In 1822, the Chartist Henry Hetherington registered a printing press at 13 Kingsgate Street, an eight-roomed house, including shop and printing premises, at an annual rent of £55.

The first studio of the sculptor Robert William Sievier (1794–1865) was in Southampton Row until 1837.

The Central School of Art and Design, formerly the Central School of Arts and Crafts, was established by the London County Council in 1896 in Southampton Row to provide specialist art teaching for workers in the craft industries. The architect William Lethaby (1857–1931) was the first Principal, as recorded by a blue plaque on Southampton Row.

Sir John Barbirolli, the conductor and cellist, was born in Southampton Row on 2 December 1899. A...
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