Discover Charles Dickens Holborn: A Neighbourhood Guide

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Holborn is close to the centre of London, making it an ideal place to spend some time during your visit to the city. First recognised as early as 959, Holborn is famous for having been the setting of some of Charles Dickens' stories. Today, whatever brings you to the area, we've compiled this quick guide to ensure you see some of the most important sights during your trip.

Sir John Soane's Museum

Lincoln's Inn Fields

This elegant museum is nestled in Holborn, and filled with all kinds of wonderful architectural drawings and antiquities, courtesy of former resident, architect Sir John Soane. Opened in 2015, many of the items here had never before been seen by the public, and the venue itself is a fine example of Soane's neoclassical architectural style. It’s an ideal stop for guests staying with us at Montcalm Finsbury Square eager to see little more of the creative side of Holborn.

Hunterian Museum

Lincoln's Inn Fields

Located in the Royal College of Surgeons, the Hunterian Museum is filled with plenty of enlightening exhibitions and galleries. Both permanent and temporary, these exhibits range from the macabre to the artistic, with everything from skeletons and teaching models to drawings and sculptures on display.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Catherine Street

The oldest theatre in London, the Theatre Royal was built in 1662 at the behest of Charles II. There's been several rebuilds since then, but for visitors taking advantage of our London hotels special offers, a visit here is a fantastic opportunity to experience a stage-show at one of the most impressive theatres in the city. The venue has hosted many of the most popular shows in Britain, and continues to impress audiences with a packed roster of events.

Fleet Street

Holborn

Once famed as the home of Britain's publishing industry, Fleet Street is still synonymous with newspapers, having been tabloid central throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It is also home to some of the most historic pubs, churches and financial buildings in London, making it a fascinating area to explore, which links up with some of the most interesting parts of Holborn.

Ede & Ravenscroft

Chancery Lane

First founded in 1689, Ede & Ravenscroft is the tailor and robe maker of choice for everything from coronations, to bespoke tailoring, ceremonial wigs and academic robes. The venue has three branches, but the Holborn variety is as impressive as any – and provides a window into a marvellous world of luxury, as well as holding three royal warrants.

The Royal Courts of Justice

The Strand

This is a beautiful building, with a rich history as the major pillar of the British legal system. Built in 1882, there are over 1000 rooms, including 88 court rooms, and a costume exhibition showing how trends in legal attire have changed over the years. There are guided tours each month, but if you're interested in attending, it's best to check the dates ahead of time as these are not always regular.

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