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Your Holborn & Surrounds Area Guide

Holborn & surrounds

The sweet spot between the City and the West End was formerly branded ‘midtown’ in 2010, but what we’re essentially talking about here is the area between Tottenham Court Road and Chancery Lane, including south Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles.

Lawyers and barristers are bedded in in this part of town, thanks to the proximity of the law courts. But it’s a much more diverse crowd than it used to be, with a handful of large corporates setting up HQs here and some media and publishing overspill from Soho, too.

There are lots of brilliant old pubs, tucked down passageways, as well as plenty of spots for long, elaborate client lunches, and all the thrills of Covent Garden.


Highlights and hidden gems

If you’ve got a client you want to impress, Cora Pearl in Covent Garden is the place. Complex comfort food (their words) includes ham and cheese toasties and fish stews. And the chips! Those chips alone are worth a team outing. Our clients in Mayfair speak highly of Cora’s sister restaurant, Kitty Fishers. Or, if you’re having one of those days when you want to spend £8 on something other than a tuna sandwich and a cappuccino, go to The Pie Room at Holborn Dining Room. Get a pie-to-go from the cold counter, surely one of the most extravagant things you can do in town for less than a tenner.

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Warner House – the Warner Bros European HQ – is on Theobalds Road, with a lease until at least 2034. Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte is based at New Street Square. British law firm Mishcon De Reya (part of the ‘silver circle’ of law firms) is based on Kingsway, near Holborn. Saatchi & Saatchi moved from Charlotte Street (where they’d been for 40 years) to Chancery Lane in 2017.

Down a very London alley called Little Turnstile, The Ship Tavern is a pub for all your after-work needs, especially in the winter. At the end of a big project, it feels like a hug in pub form, with all its deep red and mahogany, dramatic ceiling mouldings and candlelight. Rally the Friday night troops for real ales, the gin cabinet and Guinness and oyster combos (½ dozen oysters, ½ pint of Guinness). The Holborn Whippet is the place for craft beer and pizzas.

You know how London goes wild over the tiniest patch of grass as soon as the sun comes out? Escape the madness right next to The Ship Tavern at Lincoln’s Inn Fields – the biggest public square in the city. It was laid out in the 1630s as agricultural fields (so Little Turnstile was for actual cows). Or, sit on a bench with your coworkers and some sushi in the gardens of St Andrew Holborn.


Holborn & surrounds area prices

From

£650

Private office

£590

Fixed desks

£460

Hot desks

Guide prices are per desk per month. Correct as of March 2019.
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Did you know?
  • How do you pronounce Holborn? To Ho or to Hol? Keep it local by using as few sounds as possible – so you get ‘ho-bun’ (or indeed ‘o-bun’).
  • Both the Royal Opera House and the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane are said to be extremely haunted. During a refurb in 1999, construction workers reported that bits of debris would regularly be ‘flung’ at them. It’s considered good luck for a performer to get a glimpse of a ghost before a show.
  • In the Cold War era, a former air-raid shelter under Chancery Lane station became Kingsway telephone exchange, a government communications centre with 200 staff. It had its own restaurant, tea bar and games room, as well as an artesian well and rations in case of a nuclear attack.

Nearby areas

Want to see what the wider neighborhood has to offer? Why not read our guides for the nearby areas.

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