Your Neighbourhood

A neighbourhood for those in the know, Holborn doesn't shout, it doesn't need to. Every corner and side street plays host to a collection of independent boutiques, bars, restaurants and curiosities. Discover your Holborn here.

Shopping

Shopping

Known as "the new Mecca of menswear" Lambs Conduit Street sets the tone and the bar for sophisticated forward-thinking style in fashion, home and curiosities. In contrast the streets and lanes in the legal quarter offer heritage brands and styling that stands the test of time.

Aveda

174-177 High Holborn
WC1V 7AA
020 7759 7355
aveda.co.uk

Dedicated to providing a holistic approach to hair, skin and body this three floor flagship salon with relaxing roof garden provides the perfect antidote to a busy London lifestyle.

BikeFix

33 Lamb's Conduit St
WC1N 3LH
020 7405 1218
bikefix.co.uk

A heaven and haven for bike enthusiasts with a walk-in repair shop for quick fixes and loving restorations, and a retail space for a plethora of Bromptons, recumbents, classics, speed and terrain bikes.

Connock & Lockie

33 Lamb's Conduit St
WC1N 3NG
020 7831 2479
connockandlockie.com

Established in 1902 this bespoke tailors is loved by gentlemen and dandies alike who appreciate the quality, flare and attention to detail.

Darkroom

52 Lamb's Conduit Street
WC1N 3LL
020 7831 7244
darkroomlondon.com

Darkroom is a London store and on-line store that specialises in unusual, hard-to-find and one-off accessories for men, women and the home.

Folk

49 Lamb's Conduit Street
WC1N 3NG
020 7404 6458
folkclothing.com

Folk is a London based contemporary casualwear label with understated quality and considered detailing at the core of the brand.

Magma

117-119 Clerkenwell Rd
EC1R 5BY
020 7242 9503
magmabooks.com

A store dedicated to all things art and design, this independent is joy to peruse and while away the hours.

Oliver Spencer

62 Lamb's Conduit St
WC1N 3LW
020 7831 6323
oliverspencer.co.uk

Founded in 2002, Oliver Spencer fuses the modern fit of popular streetwear with the craftsmanship and elegance of traditional tailoring. Inspiration is taken from hunting, military, Americana and Japan.

Pentreath & Hall

17 Rugby St
WC1N 3QT
020 7430 2526
pentreath-hall.com

Grown from an architectural practice with a love of interiors, Ben and Bridie launches the shop in 2008 and continue to stock it with wonderful antique to contemporary objects, pictures and furniture that they love.

Private White VC

55 Lamb's Conduit St
WC1N 3NB
020 7831 3344
privatewhitevc.com

Designed by the former Head of Dunhill Menswear, this family founded brand pays homage and is inspired by the everyday wardrobe of Victoria Cross war veteran Private Jack White, incorporating heritage style and British craftsmanship.

Roderick Charles

79-80 Chancery Lane
WC2A 1LF
020 7242 4554
roderickcharles.com

A classic mens tailor that focuses on traditional timeless styling rather than fashion trends, providing business, formal and country attire.

The Classic Camera

2 Pied Bull Yard
WC1A 2JR
020 7831 0777
theclassiccamera.com

An independent store staffed by knowledgeable and experienced enthusiasts that specialises in rangefinder, quality sport optics and high performance lenses for SLR cameras.

The People's Supermarket

72-78 Lamb's Conduit St
WC1N 3LP
020 7430 1827
thepeoplessupermarket.org

For the people by the people. This independent co-operative sells local seasonal produce at reasonable prices to equip the community with a healthy and cheaper alternative to the supermarket giants.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

From simple suppers to global cuisine, the perfect coffee to killer cocktails or a real ale pub, High Holborn House is surrounded by a wealth of destinational independents.

Asadal

227 High Holborn,
WC1V 7DA
020 7430 9006
asadal.co.uk

As one of the biggest and best Korean restaurants in London this buzzy discreet basement next to Holborn tube always draws a crowd.

Bacco

26 Red Lion St,
WC1R 4PS
020 7242 7900
baccolondon.co.uk

A traditional Italian kitchen that prides itself on flavoursome healthy dishes and warm Italian hospitality.

Bleeding Heart

Hatton Garden,
EC1N 8SJ
020 7242 8238
bleedingheart.co.uk

In a discreet courtyard off Hatton Garden sits this Gallic bistro come tavern that is as suitable for a date as it is a business lunch.

Ciao Bella

86-90 Lamb's Conduit St,
WC1N 3LZ
020 7242 4119
ciaobellarestaurant.co.uk

This Bloomsbury trattoria offers the very best of Mediterranean fare, with attentive, friendly service and a wine list that will leave you spoilt for choice.

Cigala

54 Lamb's Conduit St,
WC1N 3LW
020 7405 1717
cigala.co.uk

A locals' favourite, Cigala’s authentic Spanish cuisine is made using only the very best ingredients, often brought directly from Spain.

Department of Coffee
and Social Affairs

114-16 Leather Lane,
EC1N 7SU
020 7419 6906
departmentofcoffee.co.uk

A social hub on Leather Lane created by a collaboration of coffee aficionados, designers and artists. Serious about coffee without pretense.

Fleet River Bakery

71 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
WC2A 3JF
020 7691 1457
fleetriverbakery.com

A bustling bakery on Lincoln's Inn Fields where baking starts at dawn, serving hearty breakfast and Monmouth coffee through to pies and craft beer in the evening.

Garufin

25-27 Theobalds Rd,
WC1X 8SP
020 7430 9073
garufin.co.uk

An Argentine kitchen serving traditional prime cuts of beef and regional seasonal specialties coupled with the best of Argentine wines.

Gaucho Grill

125 Chancery Lane,
WC2A 1PU
020 7242 7727
gauchorestaurants.co.uk

Though a large chain Gaucho continue to serve consistently high quality Argentine steak accompanied by the perfect Malbec.

Hix

36-37 Greenhill Rents,
Cowcross Street,
EC1M 6BN
020 7017 1930
hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk

In traditional Mark Hix style this gem of a restaurant is a celebration of simple and elegant seasonal British food.

Kimchee

71 High Holborn,
WC1V 6EA
020 7430 0956
kimchee.uk.com

Enjoy the full Korean dining experience at Kimchee, set in traditional surroundings with an open-plan kitchen and charcoal barbecue.

Natural Kitchen

15-17 New Street Square,
Fetter Lane, EC4A 3AP
020 7353 5787
thenaturalkitchen.com

Restaurant, café, take-out, deli and food store; however you use it Natural Kitchen guarantee the food you eat is locally sourced and of the best quality.

Prufrock Coffee

23-25 Leather Lane,
EC1N 7TE
020 7242 0467
prufrockcoffee.com

Though winner of the 2012 Best Independent Coffee Shop, Prufrock is anything but pretentious. Located on the bustling Leather Lane, the atmosphere is relaxed and playful.

The Artisan of Clerkenwell

53 St John's Square,
EC1V 4JL
020 7490 2333
theartisanofclerkenwell.com

Whether its award-winning ales served with rarebit and scotch eggs or fine wines with confit of duck, this gastro pub is the perfect place for a lazy afternoon away from the crowds.

The Modern Pantry

47-48 St John's Square,
EC1V 4JJ
020 7553 9210
themodernpantry.co.uk

The revered eclectic and international menu served across the relaxed café, fine dining room and deli is not to be missed.

Nightlife

Nightlife

Fine wines whilst playing ping pong or craft beer on the street, Holborn is home to both and everything in between. A distinctive personality and atmopshere pervade with a spirit of community ever present.

Bounce

121 Holborn,
EC1N 2TD
020 3657 6525
bouncepingpong.com

Ping Pong, pizza, pints (and cocktails). Bounce is fun and cool in equal measure.

The Haberdashery

60 Holborn Viaduct,
EC1N 2PB
020 7583 3446
the-haberdashery.com

A vast 10,000 square feet of culinary delights over three floors, The Haberdashery is much more than a restaurant, with a deli, a bar, a dedicated cheese and wine room and even a florist (for those that are late home!)

Rosewood Hotel

1252 High Holborn,
WC1V 7EN
020 7781 8888
rosewoodhotels.com

Pushing the boundaries of five star service, this newly redeveloped Edwardian masterpiece exceeds the wants of a modern traveller and offers an array of culinary attractions from opulent fine dining to bustling brasserie to take away deli. Opens spring 2014.

Shanghai Blues

193-197 High Holborn,
WC1V 7BD
020 7404 1668
shanghaiblues.co.uk

Sophisticated, yet discreet, Shanghai Blues restaurant and bar is the ideal venue for a lunch meeting, after-work drinks or a relaxed evening meal.

Smiths of Smithfield

67-77 Charterhouse Street,
EC1M 6HJ
020 7251 7950
smithsofsmithfield.co.uk

Four floors dedicated to food, from bar food and cocktails on the ground floor to fine dining and panoramic views on the 4th, Smiths is serious about provenance and relaxed on atmosphere.

Volupte

9 Norwich Street,
EC4A 1EJ
020 3475 2067
volupte-lounge.com

Behind a discreet doorway on a quiet road lies this basement cabaret supperclub, entertaining Londoners with the best in burlesque, jazz and cabaret.

The Zetter Hotel

St John's Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Rd,
EC1M 5RJ
020 7324 4444
thezetter.com

A boutique hotel with an modern-vintage style and a fun personality in the heart of Farringdon. The Zetter draws those in the know with the cool Atrium Bar and Bistrot Bruni Loubet - described by The Daily Telegraph as "Big flavours, high energy and an easy attitude."

Culture

Culture

With the British Museum nearby, Holborn can boast the most eminent record of human life from around the world. The vibrant mix of people and culture mean the area is bursting with history and modern arts.

The British Museum

Great Russell St,
WC1B 3DG
020 7323 8299
britishmuseum.org

A few minutes walk away is one of Holborn’s most iconic attractions. With a permanent collection of over 8 million works, you could visit time and time again and still have plenty more to see.

The Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell St,
WC1A 2HH
020 7580 8155
cartoonmuseum.org

Dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation with a museum gallery to make the creativity of cartoon art past and present, accessible to all.

Charles Dickens Museum

48 Doughty St,
WC1N 2LX
020 7405 2127
dickensmuseum.com

The house in which Dickens penned Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, Holborn has always been a destination for leaders and pioneers. The museum is home to a plethora of manuscripts, rare editions and personal items.

Hunterian Museum

35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
WC2A 3PE
020 7869 6560
rcseng.ac.uk/museums

Get your blood flowing with a visit to one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens. Exhibitions include a 17th century surgical set and the 7ft 7in tall skeleton of an 'Irish Giant'.

Peacock Theatre

Portugal St,
WC2A 2HT
0844 871 0091
sadlerswells.com

From tango to hip hop and ballet to Bollywood, this London Dance House brings in a crowd of over half a million every year. Shows don’t run for long so be sure to get your tickets early.

Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
WC2A 3BP
020 7405 2107
soane.org

This atmospheric museum filled with curiosities and artifacts is a facinating insight into 18th century London and the ecentric life of Soanes.

Somerset House

Strand,
WC2R 1LA
020 7845 4600
somersethouse.org.uk

A year-round centre of art and culture, Somerset House plays host to a calendar of attractions including London Fashion Week, open air cinema and concerts, and ice skating.

Two Temple Place

2 Temple Place,
WC2R 3BD
020 7836 3715
twotempleplace.org

One of London’s hidden architectural gems, showcasing publicly owned art from around the UK. Described as 'lavish, quite bonkers and rather endearing' by TimeOut, it is a must see.

University of the Arts, London

272 High Holborn,
WC1V 7EY
020 7514 6000
arts.ac.uk

Covering everything from drama, graphic and interior design to fashion and fine art, UAL counts Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and countless others, amongst their celebrated alumni.