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

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Featured Event

Indigenous Australia Enduring Civilisation

Location: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London
The following events are coming up soon and are all listed at locations within 1 mile from central Holborn.

Jul
31
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Speed Dating in the City
Dion, Paternoster House, 65 St. Pauls Churchyard
Jun
1
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Exhibition
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
Jul
31
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Singles Boat Party- Friday 31st July
Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London
Jul
31
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Comedy Carnival
Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Jul
31
Fri
Speed Dating at St Paul's
Dion, Paternoster House, 65 St. Paul's Churchyard, London
Jul
14
Tue
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London
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Our local reviews...

DINING
Isolabella
8/10
DINING
Flesh & Buns
8/10
DINING
Dumpling Legend
7/10
NIGHTLIFE
Foundation Bar
5/10
NIGHTLIFE
The Narrow Boat
4/10

Things to try


The best things...

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

Quaglino's
Best for...
  • All night long: our top after-hours bars

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

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

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

Joe Allen
Best for...
  • Restaurants that serve a great brunch


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Nightlife

Bars & Clubs in Holborn
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Restaurants

Restaurants in Holborn
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Local Shops

Clothes & Fashion 38 businesses listed


Food & Drink 174 businesses listed


Health & Beauty 79 businesses listed


Home & Garden 24 businesses listed


Shops & Amenities 223 businesses listed


Taxis & Transport 8 businesses listed


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