London area of Holborn guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Holborn neighbourhood

Located between the idle pleasures of the West End and the spectacular wealth of the City, Holborn (recently rebranded 'Midtown' by over-eager estate agents) quickly became London's main drag for lawyers and journalists. The newspapers moved on from Fleet Street in the 1980s, but the area is still full of media professionals. The lawyers have remained in the area surrounding the Inns of Court and the Temple, and with them the expensive restaurants and wine bars that they favour, though since this is largely a commercial area, it is very quiet late in the evening and at weekends, so hotels around here offer a good night's sleep. To the South, the curve of Victoria Embankment is a good place to get a panoramic view of London, taking in Westminster, The City, Bankside, Millbank, Whitehall and The South Bank.

See our recommended nearby Holborn Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Holborn Hotels

in or near Holborn
Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A
Lincoln's Inn Fields is the 4th Club Quarters hotel in London. The hotel is an ideal accommodation choice for business and leisure travellers with close links ... More
 
 
 
Citadines Holborn Covent Garden Apart-Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
94-99 High Holborn, WC1V
These luxurious fully-fitted apartments are hidden right in the heart of London's West End within easy reach of theatres, restaurants and iconic sights. Nearby Covent ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Events

in or near Holborn
Lunchtime Lecture: The Noah's Ark Of The East End
London > Events > Exhibitions
Hunterian Museum, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A
Enjoy an informative seminar on the history of exotic animal trade.... More
 
 
 
Guru Madhavan What Economics And Public Policy Can Learn From Engineering Design: Lecture
London > Events > Exhibitions
London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, Holborn, London WC2A
An informative talk.... More
 
 
 
David Halpern: Inside The Nudge Unit: How Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference: Lecture
London > Events > Exhibitions
London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, Holborn, London WC2A
An informative talk.... More
 
 
 

Holborn Entertainment

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Volupte Lounge
London > Entertainment > Theatres
9 Norwich Street, Holborn, London EC4A
Quirky, alternative cabaret club. From cream teas to secret organic cocktails, cabaret and comedy, Kuki La-Belle and Delores von Cotier’s cheeky club combines the naughty with the ... More
 
 
 
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The Funny Side of Covent Garden (Upstairs at The George)
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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Peacock Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2A
This theatre is a major force on the national and international dance scene, with an innovative programme from Sadler's Wells that is keeping London's finger ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Holborn
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Inns of Court and Royal Courts of Justice
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Strand, Holborn, London WC2A
A stunning example of Gothic architecture, London's Inns of Court date back to before the 14th century. It is here that barristers train and traditionally practice. ... More
 
 
 
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Hunterian Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A
The Hunterian Museum within the Royal College of Surgeons boasts a host of enlightening, permanent and temporary, galleries and exhibitions. Housed in the college, the Hunterian ... More
 
 
 
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Temple Church
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Fleet Street, Temple, Holborn, London EC4Y
Temple Church sits within the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court, and was originally consecrated in 1185 as the spiritual and actual home of the ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Holborn
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Ede & Ravenscroft
London > Shopping > Clothing
93 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A
Founded in Aldwych in 1689 Ede and Ravenscroft has the rare distinction of being the tailors and robe makers of choice for twelve coronations and holds ... More
 
 
 
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London Silver Vaults
London > Shopping > Gifts and Luxuries
Chancery House 53-64 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A
This is a collection of thirty shops containing the largest display of silver under one roof in the world. Also included are high class jewellery and ... More
 
 
 
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The Natural Kitchen
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
15-17 New Street Square, Fetter Lane, Holborn, London EC4A
Organic, wild and artisan food is supplied by the likes of the River Cottage at this food emporium which, is the second Natural Kitchen to open ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Holborn London?
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Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Chancery Lane
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
90 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A
With the original branch opened in Leather Lane Market in 2010, the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs now has eight branches across London. Aiming to ... More
 
 
 
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Vanilla Black
London > Restaurants > Vegetarian restaurants
17 -18 Tooks Court, Holborn, London EC4A
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The Chancery
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
9 Cursitor Street, Holborn, London EC4A
Tucked away in a quiet street adjoining Lincoln’s Inn, this delightful restaurant is hard to find, but worth the effort. The Chancery is a brilliant addition ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Holborn.
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The Castle
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
26 Furnival Street, Holborn, London EC4A
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The White Swan
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
108 Fetter Lane, Holborn, London EC4A
Tucked into a quiet corner near Lincoln's Inn Fields, The White Swan is an absolute delight. The owners, Tom and Ed Martin, also run The Gun ... More
 
 
 
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Cittie of Yorke
London > Nightlife > Pubs
22 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V
Although the site of the Cittie of Yorke has been home to a public house since the 15th century, it has been housed in many different ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Nightlife

Holborn clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Bounce
London > Nightlife > Bars
121 Holborn, Holborn, London EC1N
Paddles at the ready! Europe's first social ping-pong club has arrived in London and, quite brilliantly, is built in the exact spot that table tennis was ... More
 
 
 
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Bleeding Heart Bistro
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Holborn, London EC1
Set in an attractive cobbled courtyard, this candlelit bistro/wine bar is a taste of an older, more civilised world. Uniformed French waiters glide unobtrusively between tables ... More
 
 
 
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Bleeding Heart Tavern
London > Nightlife > Bars
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Holborn, London EC1N
As the less formal sister of the Bleeding Heart Restaurant, the Tavern has kept the brand's warm welcome, slick service and top nosh intact while presenting ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Leisure

Holborn gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Lincoln's Inn Fields
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Holborn, Holborn, London WC2A
The largest public square in London, Lincoln's Inn Fields has a rich and varied history. In 1683 it was the site of the public beheading of ... More
 
 
 
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Sense Spa at Rosewood London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V
Launched in November 2013, the Sense Spa at Rosewood London is a sanctuary within central London. With Rosewood being an award-winning signature spa brand, visitors can ... More
 
 
 
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My Chocolate Workshops
London > Leisure > Activities
Hatton Square Business Centre, 16-16a Baldwin Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N
Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate with this mouth-watering workshop. You will discover how chocolate is processed from bean to bar. Sample a variety of ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Education

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Career Energy
London > Education > Career Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 

Holborn Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Holborn.
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Royal College of Surgeons
London > Business > Venue Hire
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A
The Royal College of Surgeons is not only an institute at the forefront of surgical education and training, but its outstanding rooms provide the perfect space ... More
 
 
 
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Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 South Square, Gray's Inn, Holborn, London WC1R
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