Holborn is not as well known as some areas of London, due to its somehow transitory nature. East of the commercial centre of Oxford Street and west of the financial centre of the City, Holborn does not have as distinct a character as some of its neighbouring districts. The area is dominated by the main Holborn Road, and there are plenty of businesses, shops and restaurants, but is mostly of interest for its nearby attractions, which include the aforementioned Oxford Street and the City, as well as Covent Garden and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Because of the central location, Holborn hotels can be quite expensive, and many on the main road are a little noisy. The five star Renaissance Chancery Court solves this problem with a secluded private courtyard and a relaxed glamour inside. The Chancery Court spa and French restaurant Pearl are both excellent places to spend an evening, and the hotel also offers a unique ‘Navigator’ service, which cherry-picks the best of London cultural and social life and brings them to your attention: an invaluable service in a city where visitors are often spoiled for choice.
The four star Kingsway Hall, slightly to the south, describes itself as being in the centre of Covent Garden, which is not quite true, but it’s a fine hotel nonetheless. Well-situated, with spotlessly clean rooms and a lovely spa area with whirlpool Jacuzzi, Kingsway Hall punches above its weight.
The Grange Holborn is one of the more plush hotels in Holborn, now holding five stars. It’s a large establishment, comprehensively fitted-out with amenities, but of particular note are the two lovely restaurants: panoramic Constellations and Japanese cuisine joint Koto. The beautiful Greco-Roman indoor pool is also quite amazing.
Holborn has great transport links, not least of which is Holborn Station, which links the Central Line with the Piccadilly Line.
Holborn is a tube station on the London Underground located, unsurprisingly, in Holborn. The station is physically located on the junction of Kingsway and High Holborn. Holborn is located on two lines, between Covent Garden and Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line and between Tottenham Court Road and Chancery Lane on the Central Line. Holborn is within the boundaries of Travelcard Zone 1.
The station was first opened in 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway, and was fully modernised in 1933, part of which was the installation of the second longest escalators on the Underground system after Angel, in Islington. Parts of the station were remodelled with modernist designs drawn up by British architect Charles Holden.
Holborn is one of the most centrally located of the areas of London, and there are many things to see and do a short walk from the very well connected Holborn tube station.
Firstly, Sir John Soane's Museum is very close by, Sir John Soane being the architect of the Bank of England. The appeal of this house is its arcane, kleptomaniac charm, being as every nook and cranny is home to antiquities, drawings and artefacts from all areas of history.
Also close by to Holborn is the new Cartoon Museum, which is a vibrant collection of British cartoons, caricatures and comic art. A unique take as far as museums go, this is definitely worth a visit.
Whilst on the subject of museums, you can't help but mention the British Museum, which is a less than ten minute walk away from Holborn tube station. The British Museum is a world class exhibitor of human history and culture and the Great Court, with its breathtaking glass and steel roof designed by Sir Norman Foster, almost an exhibition piece in itself.
The London Transport Museum also lies close to Holborn tube station, and aspiring barristers, or just lovers of Gothic architecture, will no doubt find a visit to the Inns of Court and Royal Courts of Justice most interesting.
Finally, theatre lovers are catered too, with the Shaftesbury Theatre located, unsurprisingly, on Shaftsbury Avenue. Holborn is the closest tube station for accessing Shaftesbury Theatre.
Holborn is home to many different varieties of cuisine. There also many restaurants worthy of mention, including the Thai Dream, the Belgian Bierodrome and the Pearl, the latter serving high quality international food. However, there are also chain restaurants and other eateries like that, including Ask and not one but two Pizza Expresses!
Similarly, Holborn is an excellent place to head out for a drink, whether you are after a quieter, more traditional pub atmosphere or a late night watering hole to dance and drink the night away.
Traditional pubs include places such as The Enterprise and The George, which are great places to head for a drink. There are also cool bars though, with Sway and Café London being of particular note.
This though is just a brief overview of the eating and drinking options in Holborn, and there are many other excellent options apart from these.
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