Holborn Guide

Your All In London guide to Holborn

Meaning the ‘stream in the hollow’, Holborn is named after the River Fleet that originally flowed through the area. Modern day Holborn is split across Camden, City of London, and the City of Westminster regions of Central London. Historically, Holborn became heavily populated during the 17th century when publishing became the main industry for the region. There are still remnants of the old publishing industry in Fleet Street.

Holborn has been home to two of the four Inns of Court in London, Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn, since the 14th century, therefore unsurprisingly the area is characterised by lawyer’s offices and their employees going about very important business of one kind or another. Apart from the distinctly corporate feel, the busy thoroughfare that is Kingsway (particularly past 5pm) has pubs, bars and shops and leads to the more entertainment-led Covent Garden, while the narrow alleyways between the Inns are well worth a wander, however you probably won’t be able to access any of the buildings unless you arrange this beforehand.

Which borough is Holborn in?
Holborn is in the borough of City of Westminster, Camden, City of London

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What's On

May
21
Thu
Featured Event

Beneath the Surface

Location: Somerset House, The Strand, London
The following events are coming up soon and are all listed at locations within 1 mile from central Holborn.

May
25
Mon
Scarborough Fair London Launch Party
The Bandstand at Victoria Embankment Gardens, London
May
25
Mon
Tai Chi & Qigong
RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street, London
May
25
Mon
Brazilian-Portuguese Beginner Course
Lingua Diversa Group, 25 Red Lion Square
May
22
Fri
Bollywood Fever
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London
Feb
26
Thu
Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album
The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand, London
May
20
Wed
Just Festival On The Edge
The Swiss Church in London, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, St George's Bloomsbury, St Giles in the Fields
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Our local reviews...

NIGHTLIFE
The Narrow Boat
4/10
DINING
Young Cheng
8/10
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Shoryu Ramen
8/10
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Rocket Holborn
6/10
NIGHTLIFE
The White Hart
7/10
DINING
The 3 Crowns
8/10

Things to try


The best things...

Matsuri St James's
Best for...
  • The most fun you can have whilst eating

Cafe Pacifico
Best for...
  • The best Mexican food in the capital
  • Bars which serve London's biggest drinks

Food For Thought
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  • Top restaurants where you can bring your own booze
  • Great restaurants for Vegetarians

The Ivy
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  • Restaurants where you're likely to spot celebrities

Joe Allen
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  • Restaurants that serve a great brunch

J Sheekey
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  • Restaurants where you're likely to spot celebrities
  • The best fish restaurants in town


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Nightlife

Bars & Clubs in Holborn
If you're looking for a pubs, bars and clubs in Holborn check out our listings.

Restaurants

Restaurants in Holborn
If you're looking for a restaurant in Holborn check out our local restaurants listings.

Local Shops

Clothes & Fashion 35 businesses listed


Food & Drink 165 businesses listed


Health & Beauty 76 businesses listed


Home & Garden 23 businesses listed


Shops & Amenities 221 businesses listed


Taxis & Transport 8 businesses listed


Shopping Streets




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