Explore the Hidden Gems of Holborn
Having just unveiled a new Holborn campus to the public, here at UKCBC, we’re keen to demonstrate to our students just what a great location Holborn is and how much potential it has in terms of things to do, places to see, educational visits and much more.
Located in London’s bustling West End, Holborn is steeped in history, yet simultaneously, it’s buzzing with life. Renowned for its business types and students alike, there is a thriving atmosphere to be had and it’s a very good base for exploring surrounding areas, such as Bloomsbury, Covent Garden and the British Museum all of which are within very easy walking distance.
Holborn is home to some interesting and varied architecture and is popular with both tourists and London workers. It is a hub of excitement and here we’ve listed just some of the exciting spots worth a visit during your time in Holborn.
Sir John Soane museum is a great cultural trip that offers free admission. This historic house and hidden gem should not be missed. It features a museum and library of the distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death, almost 180 years ago.
Step back in time as you gaze at Sir Soane’s exquisite home full of fascinating things. Opening hours are 10.00-17.00, Tuesday to Saturday. Allow an hour or two to fully appreciate this small but remarkable home.
13 Lincoln Inn Fields | London, WC2A 3BP
Lincoln Inn Fields is the perfect spot for lunch. Find yourself a bench or a nice tuft of grass to sit and enjoy your lunch and soak up the peaceful tranquility of the largest public square in London.
Full of history, in 1683 Lincoln Inn Fields was the site of the public beheading of Lord William Russell, for his part in the Rye House Plot to assassinate King Charles II.
Designed, in part, by notable English architect, Jones, the square is lined by a collection of superb buildings including Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lindsey House and the Inns of Court.
The attractive square comes complete with tennis courts, netball court, historic monuments and a bandstand.
Lincoln Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3EQ
The Royal Courts of Justice (London’s High Court) is an enchanting building on London’s Fleet Street.
The building is reminiscent of a cathedral in both style and scale. Soaring arches and beautiful stained glass windows, combined with a mosaic marble floor leading to a maze of enchanting corridors to create a majestic setting or exciting visit to one of London’s best kept secrets.
Located on the Strand and just a few minutes from London’s Theatreland. A visit to London would not be complete without seeing the Royal Courts of Justice.
Royal Courts of Justice | Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
Not for the squeamish, the Hunterian museum has a host of beautifully displayed specimens right in the heart of Holborn. It’s due to be renovated in May 2017 and will not re-open till Summer 2020, so you’ll need to be quick if you want the chance to explore this hidden gem. With free admission, the Royal College of Surgeons’ Hunterian museum is a fascinating find and well worth a trip.
35 – 43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields | Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE
Freemasons’ Hall has been the centre of English freemasonry for 230 years. It is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Grand Lodge in the world, and also the meeting place for over 1000 Masonic lodges. The building, which is listed Grade II*, was completed in 1933.
You can attend free tours of the hall, which are held frequently Monday – Friday, with 5 tours a day on the hour, every hour from 11am to 4pm. Tours also take place on Saturdays at 10.30am and 2pm.
60 Great Queen St. | Covent Garden, London WC2 5AZ
You’ll be amazed at the variety of wonderful things there are to do and see in Holborn and the surrounding areas. If you’re a lover of the arts, be sure to check out theatreland just a short stroll from Holborn, for those who like to shop, the world-famous Oxford Street is located a distance away, plus there are many eateries to feast your eyes on, from cosy coffee shops to elaborate restaurants and convenient lunch spots to quirky dinner venues.