Best of Holborn
Holborn is an area of Central London between Covent Garden on the west and the City in the East. Holborn is also the name of the area’s principal east-west street, running from St Giles’s High Street as High Holborn to Gray’s Inn Road to Holborn Viaduct, crossing the border between the London Borough of Camden and the City of London. Holborn was once famous for its journalistic profession as the first press to be setup in London was on Fleet Street, but is now mostly famous for legal professions.
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Top 10 Holborn
Top 10 sights to visit in Holborn include:
- Lincoln’s Inn
- Lincoln’s Inn Fields
- Sir John Soane’s Museum
- London Silver Vaults
- Staple Inn
- High Holborn and Holborn Circus
- St Etheldreda’s Chapel
- Holborn Viaduct
- Fleet Street
- Temple bar memorial
Lincoln’s Inn is located in Holborn, just on the border with the City of London and the City of Westminster, and across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice.
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn is one of four Inns of Court in London to which barristers of England and Wales belong and where they are called to the Bar. The other three are Middle Temple, Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields
The Lincoln’s Inn Fields, located south-west of High Holborn is the largest public square in London. It is even said to be one of the inspirations of Central Park in New York. It was once a public execution site where suspected traitors perished.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Sir John Soane’s Museum is a museum of architecture located next to The Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It was formerly the house and studio of the neo-classical architect Sir John Soane, and today holds many drawings and models of his projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled.
London Silver Vaults
The London Silver Vaults are located on Chancery Lane. It first opened as The Chancery Lane Safe Deposit in 1876 renting out strong rooms to hold household silver, jewellery and documents.
Staple Inn located south of High Holborn and next to Chancery Lane tube station is a building that was once used as a staple to weight and tax wool. It is now used as the London office of the Institute of Actuaries and is the last surviving Inn of Chancery.
St Etheldreda’s Chapel
The St. Etheldreda’s Church which is dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon saint of the same name is located in Ely Place, off Charterhouse Street in Holborn. It is considered the oldest Roman Catholic church in England, and one of only two surviving buildings in London dating from Edward I’s reign.
The Holborn Viaduct is an iron bridge, built in 1860, which links Holborn, via Holborn Circus, with Newgate Street in the City. It passes over Farringdon Street and the now subterranean River Fleet. It offers remarkable statues of the City Heroes.
Fleet Street is perhaps the most popular street in Holborn, being home to the first printing press in England in the 15th Century. Until the 80s it was home to the majority of the British press, and even today world known news agencies such as Reuters and Associated Press have their offices on the Street. Fleet Street takes its name after the River Fleet, a London stream that now flows underground.
Temple bar Memorial
The Temple Bar Memorial located on Fleet Street marks the entrance to the City of London and is the westernmost extension of the Strand road. Until 1878, this boundary was demarcated by a stone gateway designed by Christopher Wren, but has now a dragon, symbol of the city as the gatekeeper.