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Holborn dates back to medieval times when it became a popular place to stop off on long journeys. As a result there were many inns in the area which attracted a diverse mix of people including Charles Dickens who later lived in Holborn and set part of the novel Great Expectations there.
The area has a long association with the legal profession with two of the original Inns of Court, Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn close-by. Holborn is also home to the diamond trade at nearby Hatton Garden, an area that was originally established in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
These days the Holborn and Bloomsbury area are home to many businesses both large and small, including the corporate offices of some of the UK’s largest companies like Sainsbury’s and The Mitsubishi Corporation.
As workspace has become more expensive in the West End, the area around Holborn known as Midtown has grown in popularity in recent years. This has meant workstation rates have crept up but the area still represents great value, due, in no small part to the excellent central position of its location and great transport links.
With the planned Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road opening in late 2018, Midtown and Holborn in particular will be connected to Canary Wharf to the east and Kings Cross to the west. There will also be a quicker and more direct connection to Liverpool Street.
There is a wide selection of serviced office locations, managed and conventional office space on offer in the Holborn area. To get a real idea of what’s available to you start your search here.
Typical office pricing in the area: £450 - £800 per workstation
OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE AREA
Holborn is close to the following areas of London that are also worth consideration as a home for your business. All offer a wide choice of serviced offices and flexible workspace solutions.
Here are the indicative price ranges for workstations in each area (correct during 2016).
City of London – This popular area is home to many different types of businesses from the traditional financial, legal and insurance companies to business services, creative agencies and start-ups.
Typical office pricing in the area: £400 - £1100 per workstation
Old Street – This revitalised area north of the City of London is home to many tech companies around the “Silicon Roundabout” area.
Typical office pricing in the area: £350 - £650 per workstation
Clerkenwell/Farringdon – Having benefited from extensive regeneration over the last 20 years, Clerkenwell is a popular location for creative and media businesses.
Typical office pricing in the area: £400 - £700 per workstation
Covent Garden – A colourful and bustling location in the heart of the West End, it’s also popular with tourists and was once home to London’s principle fruit and vegetable market until the 1980’s.
Typical office pricing in the area: £350 - £1100 per workstation
Soho – This busy shopping and entertainment area is also home to many businesses in the media and business services sectors.
Typical office pricing in the area: £500 - £850 per workstation
Holborn benefits from a number of transport links connecting office space and serviced offices in the area via a number of Tube lines as well as close access to major roads and bus routes. Its location means you are never more than 5 minutes from the West End and 5-8 minutes from Bank or Liverpool Street in the City of London.
Tube stations: Holborn, Chancery Lane, Tottenham Court Road and Russell Square
Tube lines: Central, Circle, Piccadilly and Northern. Download a handy Tube map here
Mainline stations: Farringdon, Euston, King’s Cross with Liverpool Street and Moorgate via the Central and Northern lines
Major road links: The A40 leads to major motorway connections
Nearest airports: London City with Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick accessible via rail links
Buses: There are 8 bus routes to other parts of London including Waterloo, King’s Cross and London Bridge. Find out which buses serve this area here
Cycle: The area is served by seven London Cycle Network bays. Find a cycle hire location here
Holborn is ideally placed to take advantage of the many amenities of the West End which is within walking distance of much of the Holborn and Chancery Lane areas.
If you enjoy the theatre and cinema , Drury Lane and Leicester Square are close by and the many shops around Regent Street are just a couple of stops away on the Piccadilly line with Tottenham Court Road just a stop away on the Central line.
There are many great places of interest like the Dickens Museum as well as those listed below. So there is no shortage of things to do after work or during your lunch hour.
As you would expect there are many cafes, bars and restaurants in the area. The Holborn Dining Room on High Holborn is worth a visit, along with the very popular Hiba Express serving delicious Arabian food.
FAMOUS LOCATIONS AND LANDMARKS NEAR HOLBORN
Holborn has many famous landmarks and places of interest that are worth mentioning, here are just a few.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields is a popular green open space in the heart of Holborn close to the Tube station and a great place for a quiet lunch break.
The Sir John Soane’s Museum is the former home of an eccentric art collector and well worth a visit. It’s tucked away at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
The British Museum is one of the world’s largest museums and is close to Holborn in Bloomsbury just off Russell Square.
Covent Garden is a great place for shopping and has a wide choice of cafes and restaurants and is just a short walk from Holborn.
See a show - A visit to the theatres of Drury Lane are just a five minute walk away.
FURTHER HELP AND SUPPORT
If you would like more information about Holborn as an area for your business please speak to a member of our team who can discuss workspace options and other areas close-by.
Call – 020 3031 8563
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