Holborn has an enviable position between Soho, Russell Square and Chancery Lane, a veritable melting pot of culture and commerce in central London. It’s a great place to stay in the capital and these are the best hotels for your visit.
Wedged between upmarket London areas like Farringdon, Covent Garden and the West End, Holborn often goes overlooked when it comes to finding accommodation. But some hoteliers and restaurant owners have cottoned on to the area’s appeal: buzzing bars, leafy squares, historical buildings and the like. And with Holborn Station sitting on both the Piccadilly and Central lines, you can be whizzing through this vibrant city in no time.
The Hoxton hotels have carved out a reputation for being effortlessly cool. Lobbies might double as workspaces or bars, while a range of different sized rooms resemble the sort of aesthetic space you’d find in an IKEA showroom. In the Holborn-based hotel, you’ll encounter all this plus a buzzy post-work drinks vibe at in-house British restaurant Hubbard & Bell and subterranean rotisserie-style restaurant Chicken Shop. At your request, a fresh and fruity breakfast will be delivered to your room each morning – giving you more time to put your feet up in bed.
Housed in a Grade II-listed Edwardian building, The Rosewood makes an incredibly good first impression. As you enter, it will likely feel more like a peaceful country estate than a hotel found along one of London’s busiest thoroughfares. This sense of escapism continues inside the Mirror Room restaurant, Scarfes Bar cocktail and jazz lounge and Holborn Dining Room brasserie – each more exquisitely Art Deco than the last. The Pie Room, helmed by pastry expert Calum Franklin, pays homage to one of Britain’s favourite pastry-based meals with a gourmet menu that includes chicken girolle and tarragon pie. For a rejuvenating stay, you can also take advantage of the on-site Sense spa, choosing from a range of treatments including a British rose body massage – perfect for unwinding after a long day.
This stunning church-turned-hotel occupies a Baroque-style, Grade II-listed building that’s full of sensual gratification. Start at the Baptist Grill, a suitably swanky restaurant set beneath the dome of the former chapel and helmed by executive chef Tony Fleming. Or savour flaky croissants or a bistro-style lunch in the Paris-inspired L’oscar restaurant – notable not only for its food but also its quite breathtakingly illuminated onyx bar. The beautifully decorated rooms are more boudoir than bedroom, featuring commissioned artwork in the style of 19th-century arts and crafts, mahogany wood panelling, ruby red walls and opulent drapes. The overall effect flings you back in time to the religious origins of this historical building and beyond.
The Club Quarters Hotel sits within Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London’s largest public square, first laid out in the 1630s. It neighbours the London School of Economics, Peacock Theatre and Gillian Lynne Theatre, and is just a short walk from the British Museum. Predominantly a business hotel, there’s 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea and snacks and guests can order food directly to the stylishly designed rooms.
The Holborn iteration of this chain hotel is a great example of how minimalist design can lead to maximum space. In each en suite room you’ll find cloud-like beds, enormous TVs and in-room tea and coffee facilities – and still enough room to swing a cat (or a fresh bath towel). The downstairs café serves breakfast and lunch, but the real draw is the daily round of free cheese and wine – the perfect way to meet fellow travellers before an evening on the town. With London’s famous West End on the doorstep, you’ll be able to visit many of the city’s best theatres and restaurants, such as On The Bab – a hip Korean street food joint – and The Barbary, specialising in Mediterranean fare in Neal’s Yard.