Russians have left a great trace in the British history: numerous Russian scientists have contributed a lot into the British and world science; Russian music and literature influenced the culture of Great Britain; Russian church chants were borrowed by Anglican Church. Many immigrants from Russia achieved recognition in the UK preserving and multiplying the native culture. 

Russian culture, music and choreography have been popular in Great Britain during the last two hundred years. Ballets, operas, folk and classical music concerts, theatrical performances, and contemporary art exhibitions are staged in London on a regular basis. 

The main exhibitions, poetry evenings and cultural events are conducted in London at the venue of Rossotrudnichestvo and Pushkin’s house. The Russian Center is successfully working at the Russian-British cultural center, Pushkin House, London.


London has many landmarks dedicated to great people, Russian cities, names and prominent events. 

Blue plagues commenorating famous Russians who lived in London

Several London streets owe their names to Russia

Peter the Great monument by Mihail Chemiakin in Deptford

Puchkin House - a centre of Russian culture at 5A Bloomsbury Square

Statue of the modern martyr, Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, in the Westminster Abbey

Anna Pavlova statue, Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street

Alexander Herzen House (1 Orsett Terrace), often visited by Leo Tolstoy on his stay in London

House of ballerina Lydia Lopokova and her husband, economist John Maynard Keynes, 46 Gordon Square


Cambridge is a city with a rich and famous history which has always been at the forefront of cutting-edge scientific and cultural achievements of global importance.
The famous Cambridge University is located in Cambridge – the oldest educational center of the whole Europe. Among Cambridge alumni there are over 87 Nobel laureates and a big number of great people. 
The history of the University is closely connected with many great Russian scientists and writers, like Petr Kapitza and Vladimir Nabokov. The following Russian scientists have been awarded honorary degrees: biologist and pathologist

I.Mechnikov, physiologist I.Pavlov, naturalist K.Timiryazev, historian A.Lappo-Danilevsky, statesmen P.Struve, P.Milyukov and others.

Cambridge University

P. Tchaikovsky-Honorary doctor of music from the University of Cambridge

Peter Kapitza in his laboratory in Cambridge, the beginning of the 1930-ies

Biologist I. I. Mechnikov-Honorary doctor of the University of Cambridge


Oxford is famous for one of the oldest and unique educational institutions – Oxford University.
Many great Russian statesmen, scientists and artistic people have left a bright footprint in the history of Oxford University. Russian Tzar Petr I visited Oxford. Documents show that the Tzar arrived in Oxford incognito on April 8, 1698. Petr I inspected the University libraries, Sheldon Theater, Ashmoley Museum and Trinity College Chapel. 
Earl Alexandr Vorontsov,  chancellor of the Russian Empire, son of  Earl’s General en Chef R. Vorontsov was the first Russian to be granted an honorary degree at Oxford University.
In 1814, Emperor Alexandr I visited Oxford and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. Vladimir Nabokov recited his poems in Oxford. Leonid Pasternak was creating his masterpieces in Oxford. Honorary University degrees were received by Vasily Zhukovsky, Ivan Turgenev, Dmitry Mendeleyev, Korney Chukovsky, Anna Akhmatove, Iosif Brodsky, Dmitry Likhachov and Dmitry Shostakovich.

Anna Akhmatova-Honorary doctor

of the University of Oxford

City of Oxford

Korney Chukovsky-Honorary doctor of the University of Oxford

Dmitry Mendeleev-Honorary doctor of the University of Oxford


Edinburgh is the majestic and picturesque capital of Scotland, part of Great Britain. This country has old and profound ties with Russia.  
Peter the Great’s associate Jakov Vilimovitch Bruce was a descendant of a noble Scottish family. General Barclay de Tolly originated from a burgher German Hanseatic family de Tolly, which was the branch of an old noble Scottish Clan Barclay with Norman roots. M.Y. Lermontov, a great Russian poet, was a descendent of a semi-mythical bard and prophet Thomas Learmont. Many sites of Scotland are associated with the Learmont family like Earlston, Berwick, Dunbar, Dairsie, St Andrews and Balcomie. 

Poet M.Y. Lermontov

General Barclay de Tolly

Ya. V. Bruce-associate of the Russian Tsar Peter I

The ruins of the tower of Thomas the Rhymer near

a place of Ercildoun

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland


One of the largest universities of Great Britain is located in Leeds, Yorkshire, - that is The University of Leeds. The Russian archives of Leeds are the largest archives of immigrants in Great Britain, opened since 1982. It is part of the library special funds of the University of Leeds. The library was created during a century and is considered to be one of the largest academic research libraries in the country.  The archives include about 500 assemblages of manuscripts, photos and other materials as well as printed Russian editions about Russian history, literature and culture, and English-Russian contacts of the XIX and XX centuries.  The archives contain materials associated with the activity of Russian immigrants including funds of I.Bilibin, А.Bobrinsky, B.Zaitsev, archpriest А.Liven, N.Metner, archimandrite Nicolay (Gibbs), А.Remizov, D.Ryabushinsky, Е.Sablin with the family,  D.Svyatopolk-Mirsky, А.Solovyov,
G.Struve, M.Tsvetayeva etc, as well as the fund of materials dedicated to Eurasianism, the fund of Zemgor, and assemblage of T.Ulyankina. The archives contain a collection of G.Arkhipov, a famous musical specialist who lived in Great Britain. The collection contains fragments of G.Arkhipov’s memoirs, texts of Russian songs and photos.


University of Leeds

City of Leeds

Leeds town hall