Commercial Property Area Guide: Holborn – London
Holborn is an affluent area in North London. Many see it as part of the West End. Neighbouring the hub of arts, Covent Garden, as well as the business centres of Kings Cross and Farringdon, it enjoys the best of both worlds – culture and commerce. It is understandably why lots of people have tried to rebrand the area as ‘Midtown’. Expect grand buildings and plenty of businesses in this central area of London.
You’ll find lots of well-recognised streets in Holborn. There’s Hatton Garden, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Drury Lane, Chancery Lane, Shaftesbury Avenue and more. A number of famous faces have also lived here, including Charles Dickens, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and John Shaw Jr.
The area is connected to the law profession, thanks to the Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn – both historic courts that train barristers in England and Wales. Staple Inn was another famous medieval court that survived the Great Fire of London and has since been turned into a row of shops.
Holborn is a buzzing place in which to base a business. You’ll be on the Central and Piccadilly lines, right by the theatres and restaurants of Covent Garden and Leicester Square, and surrounded by well-established businesses, including headquartered offices. Here’s more detail of what you can expect.
Travel and transport in Holborn
There are two underground stations in Holborn Holborn station is in the centre of the area, near Shaftesbury Avenue. It’s connected by both the Central and Piccadilly lines, making it easy to get to Kings Cross, Leicester Square, Kensington, Heathrow Airport, Notting Hill, West Ruislip, Epping and more. Chancery Lane is just down the road and this is also on the Central line. It is a helpful stop if you are based in an office on the eastern side of Holborn.
Kings Cross Station is 20 minutes away from Holborn It takes around 20 minutes to reach Kings Cross St Pancras from Holborn using the Piccadilly line. Once you reach the station, you can get to cities right across the UK and also to Paris and Brussels thanks to the Eurostar.
Holborn is within an hour of four airportsUsing the tube and train lines, you can reach Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and London City airports. The closest is London City Airport, which you can reach in just over half an hour using the Central Line and DLR services. This airport has flights to a number of European cities, but you will most likely need to fly from elsewhere to travel further afield. You can also reach Gatwick in under an hour via the Thameslink, which has flights to all corners of the globe, while Heathrow and Stansted are both just over an hour away.
Two main roads run through HolbornThese are the A40, running east to west, and the A4200, which goes from north to south. You can rely on these roads to connect you to the A501 inner ring road and therefore the A1, M4, A23, A20, A12, M11 and more if you prefer to travel by car.
Where to eat in Holborn
Where can I go for coffee in Holborn?
There are lots of places for coffee in Holborn – check them out.
Holborn has a number of handy facilities
There are over 11 gyms and fitness centres in the area including PureGym, the Oasis Sports Centre, Boom Cycle and the Holborn Fitness Club.
Find more places to stay active here.
Where can I find a bank or Post Office in Holborn?There are over 15 banks in Holborn.
- 2 HSBC
- 3 Barclays
- 2 NatWest
- 2 RBS
- 1 Metro Bank
- 1 Halifax
- 1 Nationwide Building Society
- 1 TSB
There are eight post offices in Holborn. One is by Gray’s Inn, there are a few along New Oxford Street, one on Southampton Row and another near The Strand to the south.
Holborn is home to lots of convenient supermarketsMany of the main UK supermarket brands have smaller stores in Holborn, including:
- 4 Sainsbury’s
- 1 Waitrose
- 1 M&S Food
Although New Oxford Street (the A40) is predominantly lined with eateries, banks and supermarkets, you will find a number of shops. There is a large New Look store and Oliver Bonas, while some of the streets just off this main road are home to TM Lewin, Boots and Runners Need. With Oxford Street just a 15-minute tube journey away, most people tend to head there for major shopping.
Agents operating in the area
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Gale Priggen & Company
Richard Susskind & Co
Realla has a range of commercial properties to rent in Holborn – here’s a selection
Here are a few of the businesses based in Holborn
- Metro Bank
- Warner Bros
Services offices in Holborn
Interesting facts about Holborn
Staple Inn was more than a medieval school for lawyers – it was also used during the wool trade to weigh and sell the goods.
Two of the city’s Inns of the Court are based in Holborn. To become a barrister in Britain, individuals need to join one of the Inns and dine there 24 times, according to ancient custom.
Shakespeare’s play, A Comedy of Errors, was first performed in the hall of Gray’s Inn.
The Old Curiosity Shop, inspired by the Charles Dickens novel, is a Tudor building made from salvaged wood. It survived both the Great Fire of London and the Blitz, and is now a shoe shop that is still open for business.
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