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We love Holborn

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Living in Holborn, London

A trendy spot right on the fringes of London’s historic centre.

Holborn’s charming aesthetic, combined with its proximity to the West End and Bloomsbury has helped make the district one of the most popular places to live in the capital in recent years. While it might appear a little stuffy on first glance, under this formal veneer there’s a bustling independent scene buoyed by trendy bars and top restaurants.

Well-liked by the jet set, Holborn is now an area filled with media savvy professionals and the burgeoning foodie scene reflects their immaculate tastes. The district has a healthy mixture of modern architecture and traditional bare structures, making it a very appealing place to call home. It’s a village smack bang in the centre of London.

 

Holborn property

Sometimes referred to as ‘Midtown’, as it links the West End and the City, property-wise, Holborn is very much an area in flux – and the main direction is definitely up.

It’s one of the areas of London benefitting from some serious regeneration money, and what was once primarily a commercial area is now becoming a real residential hotspot. In fact its price gains in the last couple of years have generally outstripped its near neighbours (up 23% in the year from November 2014 to November 2015 alone). With Crossrail cutting through the upper section and both Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon within walking distance, plus the proposed Garden Bridge linking with the Southbank, prospects look even better.

For any lawyer it’s an obvious choice, with the Inns of Court in the south of the area, while the presence of several university campuses makes it a firm favourite for both student rental accommodation and overseas buyers wanting to invest in property for their sons or daughters.

There are only a few family houses available in Holborn, mostly around John Street, Bedford Row and Doughty Street, although when you do find them, the Georgian examples can be spectacular. However, for flats and apartments the situation is better and set to improve still further, thanks to new developments in places like St Dunstan’s Court. Look out too for the various residential redevelopments of office blocks, as well as some rather nice serviced apartments

 

 

We say:

Perfect for young professionals who want to be close to the heart of the city without necessarily living there. Holborn is finely poised on the line between central London and the London suburbs, making it a great place to live and work.

Your neighbours

The Neighbours
The majority of people that live in the area tend to be career focussed individuals working in the media or law.

What you'll find

What you'll find
A juxtaposition of fast-paced inhabitants and laid-back surroundings. Oh, and culture. Lots and lots of culture.

Property prices

Property prices
Average 2-bedroom rental price: £3,120 per calendar month. Average 2-bedroom property price: £630,000

Lifestyle

The Lifestyle
Even though Holborn is very much in the heart of the city it, and nearby Bloomsbury, have managed to maintain a sort of village feel. With so many professionals here there’s a good mix of places to eat and drink, but things don’t tend to get too wild too often. Everyone has an early start, after all.

Do not expect

Do not expect
Hipsters. They haven’t migrated this far west yet and the thought of being too close to Westminster scares them.

You'll fall in love with

You fall in love with
A lively place during the day, but surprisingly quiet at night. It’s not hard to seek out evening entertainment, but, more importantly, it’s easy to get a good night’s sleep.

Local transport Transport
Holborn Underground station is served by the Piccadilly and Central lines, giving you incredible access to the rest of the city. It’s possible but not easy to have a car.
Local destinations Distances
The London Eye: 20 minute walk
The Tower of London: 30 mins on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 65 mins on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 mins by tube and train
Kings Cross: 25 mins on the tube
National Gallery: 60 minutes on the tube

Sights around Holborn

Holborn rich culture

Once frequented by Dickens himself, the rich culture of Holborn is apparent at every turn. The district emanates out from the magnificent British Museum, and the nearby British Library is constantly flooded with students making their way over from the universities and colleges in the area.

Holborn Food

An influx of affluent city types has spurred on something of a gastronomic revolution in the Holborn area in the last few years so it’s easy to find a great place to eat, whatever you are looking for. The district’s traditional heritage also means you’re never too far away from a decent pub, whether you’re after something modern or a throwback to the past.

Great places to...

Shanghai Blues

Eat

Shanghai Blues
193-197 High Holborn

Who doesn’t love a bit of Dim Sum? This traditionally decorated Chinese restaurant offers you a taste of the famous dumplings as well as an a la carte menu packed with classics from Asia. But the food’s not even the best part. After dinner, warm up your vocal chords with a bit of karaoke - go on, sing for your supper.

shanghaiblues.co.uk

The Ship Tavern

Drink

The Ship Tavern
12 Gate Street

The Ship, with its kitsch wooden paneling, maroon -padded bar booths and brass fittings, feels as if it’s been caught in a time warp - and there lies the key to its allure. Open since the 1500s, this traditional boozer is a bastion of real ale and fine pub grub. The Ship calls itself London’s best kept secret. We’ve blown the lid on it, so go and have a look yourself.

theshiptavern.co.uk

James Smith & Sons

Shop

James Smith & Sons
Hazelwood House

A family business that’s been going since 1830, this shop sells exquisitely fine, hand-crafted umbrellas. The moment you step through the old school shop front, you can almost smell the quality - or maybe that’s just the wood polish - either way, it’s glorious. As well as umbrellas, you can get hold of fine canes and sticks. Keep the rain at bay and look fabulous while doing so.

james-smith.co.uk/

All Star Lanes

Play

All Star Lanes
Victoria House

Yes, it’s bowling, but it’s “boutique bowling”. And come on, who doesn't love strapping on those wonderfully tacky shoes for an hour of ten-pin action? Kick your night off with a few games as you sip on cocktails taken from a surprisingly extensive list. On the weekends, expect DJ sets to accompany your giddy glee.

allstarlanes.co.uk

Holborn Gymbox

Sweat

Gymbox
100 High Holborn

A new style gym in an old school setting, Gymbox is here to twist you into shape, whether you like it or not. From intense circuits and gruelling MMA classes to yoga raves and twerk-orientated sessions, this gym has a new take on almost everything to do with fitness. If you’re seriously looking to get in shape, this is the place for you. Be warned, anywhere that boasts the tagline “new ways to destroy yourself” is probably going to be pretty full on.

gymbox.com

Aveda

Groom

Aveda
174-177 High Holborn

Relax, unwind, and get beautiful. You can achieve all three at the Aveda Institute Salon and Spa. Men and women can choose from a full range of hair, skin, styling and makeup treatments that are certain to leave you feeling like a new person.

aveda.co.uk

Fleet River Bakery

Indulge

Fleet River Bakery
71 Lincolns Inn Fields

Coffee that looks so perfect you dare not drink it. Cakes that smell so good, you’ll know you won’t have just one. This bakery knows how to push all the right buttons with a sweet tooth. Coffee, lunch, cakes. That’s what it offers and that’s all you really need to know. Perfect for a lunchtime treat, or a caffeine injection first thing.

fleetriverbakery.com

The British Museum

Inspire

The British Museum
Great Russell Street

For a cultural day out, look no further than the British Museum; one of the city’s finest, right on your doorstep. Dedicated to history and culture, this grand-looking structure houses over 8 million works, making it one of the largest collections in the world. From Aboriginal art to masterpieces of Greek sculpture, there’s something for all tastes at this incredible museum.

britishmuseum.org/

Holborn estate agents

Properties in Holborn are within walking distance of our Soho office, and we know the area very well (as you can see from our recommendations above). Use the property search function in the left hand column to see what’s currently on our books, but as always, if nothing catches your eye, do please get in touch with us and resister your details anyway. Especially in a re-developing area such as Holborn, we have new properties coming on to our books all the time.

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