Holborn Area Guide
Nestled between the bright lights of London’s famous theatre district and the bustling, fast-paced inner city, Holborn may be easy to overlook at first glance. However, scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find that, though quieter than its neighbouring boroughs, Holborn has lots to offer — you just need to know where to look.
Home to two of London’s four Inns of Court — Lincoln’s Inn and Gray’s Inn — wigs and gowns are commonplace in Holborn. And its association with the legal profession makes it a thriving hotspot for lawyers and journalists alike.
Over the years, there have been a few famous faces that have called Holborn home. Most notably Charles Dickens, who lived in Furnival’s Inn on Doughty Street from 1834 until 1837. He later put his character Pip from Great Expectations in the residence opposite; Barnard’s Inn. Meanwhile, William Morris, the artist and socialist, lived at number 8 Red Lion Square from 1845 until 1896 and Ann Radcliffe, a pioneer of English Gothic fiction, was born in Holborn in 1764.
Where is Holborn in London?
Located just above Victoria Embankment on the River Thames and an 18-minute walk from both St Paul’s Cathedral and Covent Garden, Holborn is about as central London as you can get.
How to get around Holborn
Situated in Zone 1 and serviced by four underground stations — Russell Square, Holborn, Chancery Lane, and Temple — Holborn is easy to get to, no matter where you’re coming from. Alternatively, multiple buses run throughout the day and evening, so you’re free to choose a mode of transport that best suits you.
If you prefer to walk, the London boroughs of Covent Garden, Farringdon, and Blackfriars are all within walking distance if you fancy some fresh air.
Things to do in Holborn
Why not treat yourself to a spot of culture by visiting one of Holborn’s many museums? Located on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Sir John Soane’s Museum celebrates the life and work of its namesake, a 16th-century neo-classical architect. The museum holds many of Soane’s drawings, sculptures, and architectural models, as well as the impressive collection of paintings and drawings that he assembled throughout his life. Book yourself onto a Private Apartments Tour, or visit a specific exhibition, and while away a pleasant afternoon viewing Soane’s extraordinary collections.
Alternatively, uncover the private world of one of the world’s greatest storytellers, Charles Dickens. Explore the study where he penned some of his best works, such as Oliver Twist, The Pickwick Papers, and Nicholas Nickleby. Regularly hosting special exhibitions, workshops, and talks, this museum is worth a visit when in Holborn, especially for budding writers.
Shopping in Holborn
If you’re shopping for intricate jewellery, then you’ve come to the right place. Home to many renowned jewellers — such as Hatton Garden Jeweller, Heera Diamonds, and Hearts of London — you’re sure to find something unique and sparkly in Holborn’s shops.
And with Covent Garden’s many high-street stores and luxury boutiques just a stone’s throw away, Holborn is a great starting point for when you fancy some retail therapy.
Where to eat in Holborn
Whether you want a light bite with a friend or a fancy dinner to celebrate a special occasion, Holborn restaurants have something for every palate. From Korean to Vietnamese, Spanish to Latin, a quick walk around Holborn unearths numerous eateries where you can sit down to enjoy some delicious cuisine.
Knockbox Coffee on Lamb’s Conduit Street is the perfect place to start your day with a hearty breakfast, followed by Bhan Mih May on Theobald’s Road for a warming bowl of Vietnamese food for lunch. And when the sun sets, head back to Lamb’s Conduit Street and settle down in Cigala for some traditional Spanish tapas.
Holborn bars and pubs
Quaint, old-fashioned pubs abound in Holborn, so take a break from your day and enjoy a refreshing tipple in a local, characterful pub. The Dolphin Tavern on Red Lion Street may be small in size, but its excellent selection of craft beers make it worth a visit. Alternatively, whisk yourself off to Bunghole Cellars on High Holborn if you fancy a soothing glass of red at a family-run wine merchant.
Hotels in Holborn
Planning to stay the night? Whatever your budget, there’ll be somewhere suitable for you to rest up in Holborn. For those looking to splurge, the 5-star Rosewood London Hotel is amongst the capital’s finest luxury hotels, with a spa and fine dining restaurant to help you relax into your stay in London. But if you’re on a budget, the Z Hotel City offers affordable, modern rooms designed to give you everything you need for a comfortable, overnight stop.
Living in Holborn
Though less expensive than the neighbouring borough of Covent Garden, living in Holborn isn’t cheap — the average monthly rent for a two-bed apartment is around £4,000. The majority of housing options are found in new build apartment developments, though if you’re lucky (and have the cash), you could find yourself in a Georgian townhouse.
Working in Holborn
Close to Covent Garden and the theatre district, while also boasting its own selection of delicious restaurants and quirky bars, it’s little wonder that Holborn is considered a great place to work and play.
And building your business in Holborn is simple with Workpad. Located at 3 Bloomsbury Place, our boutique period property provides ten unique and private office suites varying in size to suit your needs.
Nestled inside an extensively restored white-brick building and benefiting from an abundance of natural light and original period features, this modern office space provides the perfect base for your business, right in the heart of London.
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