Home of inventors, authors, artists, and hauntings, Holborn’s history is salacious.

Nearby Attractions

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British Museum
The first national museum of England, full of some of the world's most important archaeological finds.
Covent Garden
This former market is now an area popular for shopping, eating and watching the varied street performers.
Bloom Perfumes
Perfume located in the vibrant area of Covent Garden. Run by the delightful Oksana, who only stocks niche independent labels meaning that she can focus on the quality of scent and not simply the branding.
The Academy Hotel
Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, The Academy Hotel has over two and a half centuries of history to its storied name.
Red Lion Square
Developed by an unscrupulous property developer, the square’s stories are hallmarks of Holborn’s history.
Grays Inn
For over a year, Charles Dickens clerked at Grays Inn in the heart of Holborn.

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Residents, Rascals, and Riots of Holborn - Private Walking Tour
Often overshadowed by Bloomsbury with the British Museum and its leafy squares, Holborn is nevertheless both historic and fascinating. Step into the neighbourhood with tales of the ghost of Oliver Cromwell. Then, the stories abound about the area’s eccentrics, inventors, writers, and rogues. The residents range from an unscrupulous property developer and a cross-dressing spy to an inventor of a lethal weapon and a naked poet. 

While there were some idealists living in Holborn who tried to give the neighbourhood a shining reputation, really the bad behaviour continues throughout - with robberies, riots and even a death sentence.   Whether you’re new to town or a local, discover lesser known tales and some surprising stories about the colourful characters whose lives, work and in some cases, crimes have shaped this area. 


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