Ancient, populated since time began and now the hangout of the legal profession, students, the city type and the media community as well as a place to visit, Holborn is a lovely place to live for those who need to work close, and want the buzz of the city around them.
There has been a definite trend towards city living, partly pushed by a booming economy in the 1990s and partly pushed by the development of inner city areas as government (rightly) restricts building out. The urban, industrial spaces of areas like Holborn used to be populated during the day, and mainly empty at night - but with the massive regeneration of apartments here, Holborn is thriving all the time.
People here live to work in general; the lawyers, accountants and other professionals in the area work and play hard. This, as well as the large numbers of theatres, of media workers, and tourists seeking the Bank of England, the British Museum, Covent Garden, and St Pauls, means that Holborn is a fantastic place to eat and drink. There are dozens of bars, pubs of all kinds from some of the best new gastropubs to truly old watering holes which retain their Victorian fittings in full. As one crosses the Holborn Viaduct into the East, restaurants and bars are still in plenty but thin out a little as the area becomes less populated before it reaches the eastern end of the city.
Housing here is rarely if ever about houses per se - you could count the numbers of these on your hands. Instead, if you're looking to move here you're looking at a huge range of flats and apartments. These range from those subdivided from the older properties (the lofty townhouses and huge mansion blocks around here provide some of the best apartment living in London) to newer developments of stunning flats overlooking the city to west and east. Between Lincoln's Inn, the hunting ground of lawyers, and Seven Dials, where some of the best boutique shopping in London is to be found, are Victorian blocks, 80s developments, and the wonderful collections of flats around Drury Lane, home of the theatrical London, and across the Strand.
This is one of the liveliest places in London to live; upmarket professionals and those who want a pied a terre to compare with Soho or Kensington need look no further.
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Area News for Holborn
Acquiring your perfect abode in central London can present a number of difficulties and disadvantages. The hustle and bustle of Westminster might be quite appealing for some but others may prefer to be somewhere a little quieter and a bit more removed.
Read Article ... Published on 23rd April, 2013
One of the many attractive factors of living in London is the sheer variety of what's on offer. No matter your preferences, you're always likely to find something appealing, which makes house hunting a relatively pleasant experience.
Read Article ... Published on 26th March, 2013
If you're looking to live in the middle of our great British capital, you can't get much close to central London than Holborn. A vibrant, fashionable, fast-moving and culture-rich district, the area borders on Covent Garden, so living here means you won't be left wanting for nightlife and shopping.
Read Article ... Published on 21st March, 2013
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