Holborn Area Guide
Prudential Insurance Building, Holborn’s central location makes it perfect for any business that needs unsurpassed mobility in and around London.
Surrounded by tube stations with links to all major lines, Holborn is in the centre of the underground network and thus is ideal for companies needing regular access to all parts of London and beyond. Ideally situated for legal companies due to its close proximity to the Temples of London, Holborn was previously known as a publishing centre and whilst many of these companies have moved away from the area, there is still a considerable presence along Fleet Street.
Holborn also has an active Business Improvement District which continuously works to improve the well-being of companies in the area, by providing services such as paper recycling and joint procurement, making Holborn a fresh and vibrant area for business development. In addition, Holborn’s 21st century modernisation programme is still ongoing, making now an ideal time to set up your company in one of London’s most thriving business areas.
What companies does Holborn suit?
Due to close proximity to the business centres of London, companies that provide services to other businesses could take advantage of Holborn’s strategic location. Both Clerkenwell and Soho are nearby, so the city centres of publishing and media are within easy reach.
If you’re keen on the vibrancy of Soho but are worried you won’t be near enough to the City, then Holborn is a good choice for your business, as it’s right in the middle of the West End and the City of London. Holborn station is connected to both the Central and Piccadilly lines so you’ll be able to get to both areas with ease.
Moreover, any business that needs unrivalled transport links will benefit from office space in Holborn. It is one of the best connected areas of central London.
Because Holborn is split between the borough of Camden, the City of London and the City of Westminster, it has unsurpassed transport links to all parts of the capital and further, via mainline stations. Nearby underground stations include Chancery Lane, Covent Garden, Holborn and St. Paul’s.
Liverpool Street: 11 minutes
Waterloo: 21 minutes
Canary Wharf: 28 minutes
Farringdon: 18 minutes
As would be expected of such a well-connected area of central London, Holborn does not disappoint in its selection of cuisine on offer.
Due to the size of the area, the choice can be overwhelming but there are some little gems hiding if you do your homework properly. For special lunches and evening dining, Coopers (49A Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PF) offers an array of European dishes with a great selection of champagne, wines and beers. Holborn is also home to chain restaurants that you might not be altogether familiar with, but who serve great food at competitive prices, such as Chez Gerard (119 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PP).
Lunch in Holborn can also be much more interesting that simple sandwich shops (although there is an abundance of these if you require speedy service and a cheap lunch). Itsu (236 High Holborn, WC1V 7DN) offers an authentic range of sushi delicacies along with soups and teas, at surprisingly affordable prices.
There are a number of pubs around Holborn and considering the size of the area and you won’t fail to find one when needed. The Kings Arms (11A Northington Street, WC1N 2JF) offers a relaxed, restful atmosphere for some post-work unwinding, and serves up a generous selection of beers and spirits.
In the same vein, there are a variety of bars around Holborn, suitable for all your nightlife needs. A couple really stand out: Bar Polski (11 Little Turnstile, WC1V 7DX) is certainly for vodka lovers, offering over 55 varieties to wash down your home-cooked Polish cuisine. Cella London (84 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1DL) is a seriously functional karaoke bar complete with banging tunes and state-of-the-art karaoke machines with wireless microphones and thousands of songs to choose from.
If you’re looking to continue the fun after hours, Guanbara (Parker Street, WC2B 5PW) is a huge Brazilian-themed venue with a late license, great for making a change from standard club atmospheres. With a bar and a la carte menu and live screen TV for sports, it really does cater for all your needs.
The Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE
A museum with a true difference, the Hunterian Museum contains the medical collection of John Hunter (1728 – 1793) which has subsequently been supplemented by other items. Amongst the jars of pickled creatures and skeletons, there are very interesting exhibits which explore surgery through the ages.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
The site of the Sir John Soane’s Museum used to be the house of the museum’s namesake, a neoclassical architect who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. He left behind a series of drawings, models of his projects and a large collection of paintings and drawings that he assembled himself, which now form the basis of the museum’s collection.