Tourist Information on Holborn Holborn
Holborn takes its name from the Holebourne, a tributary of the now underground River Fleet. The stream was a major goods route from the Thames into the City and the area was referred to as ‘Holeburnstreete’ for the first time in 1249.
Holborn is the traditional home of the legal profession. The Inns of Court, ancient legal centres, were located here to symbolising the law as a mediator in the battle for power between the City and Westminster.
The atmosphere of Holborn is still derived from the four surviving Inns: Lincoln’s Inn, Gray’s Inn, Middle Temple and Inner Temple. The courtyards and passageways of these Inns are a quite oasis from the busy capital. The magnificent neo-Gothic Royal Courts of Justice, civil courts, are found in the Strand, and Chancery Lane, is home to the Law Society.
Many buildings here survive from before the Great Fire of 1666, including the magnificent timber-framed facade of Staple Inn.
Temple Bar, where the Strand meets Fleet Street, marks the official boundary between Westminster and the City. The monument, set in the centre of the road, is a griffin, the symbol of the City. The Queen cannot pass this point without the permission of the Lord Mayor of London.
In the Strand, Somerset House stands on the site of the Tudor palace of the Dukes of Somerset. Once offices of the Inland Revenue, Somerset House now contains the Courtauld Gallery, the Gilbert Collection and the Hermitage Rooms. ….more >
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Near Holborn Circus, lies Ely Place, the site of the Bishop of Ely’s palace. All that remains of the Bishop’s once extensive residence is the charming 1291 church of St Ethelreda, the oldest pre-Reformation Roman Catholic church in London.
Certainly an area of history and the buildings reward a walk around the area.
Gilbert Collection visit Somerset House for this glittering collection of gold and silver items.
Browse and shop in Leather Lane market and visit Hatton Garden, the centre of London’s gem trade.
Stroll In the Inns of Court almost like travelling back in time.