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.
The Hoxton Holborn
Double room at The Hoxton Holborn | Courtesy of The Hoxton Holborn/Hotels.com
The Hoxton is located near Holborn station with the British Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields – London’s largest public square – Covent Garden and the West End all nearby. Its 174 rooms come in a range of sizes from Shoebox to Roomy with prices to match. The best part of the hotel is undoubtedly the large open-plan foyer with plenty of big comfortable sofas on which to unwind, as well as a café, bar and the Hubbard and Bell restaurant. On weekends The Hoxton is a popular hangout for partygoers in the capital and a great place to socialise with locals and tourists alike. There’s also the Chicken Shop, a cool rotisserie serving up gourmet fast food.
The Rosewood knows how to make a good first impression, more country estate than hotel on one of London’s busiest thoroughfares. The escapism continues inside at 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, headed by pastry expert Calum Franklin, pays homage to one of Britain’s favourite meals with a gourmet menu of baked goodness including chicken, girolle and tarragon pie. The boutique hair salon from celebrity stylist Matthew Curtis is also available to guests, as is SENSE spa with a range of treatments including a British rose body massage.
This stunning hotel occupies a Baroque-style, grade II-listed former church, now a decadent sanctuary dedicated to the senses. It boasts a dizzying array of attractions including the Baptist Grill from executive chef Tony Fleming, set in the atmospheric former chapel, and Café L’oscar with its iconic illuminated onyx bar and design inspired by Caffe Florian, the oldest café in Venice. The spacious, beautifully decorated rooms feature commissioned artwork in the style of the international arts and crafts movement of the 19th century.
For those who prefer the privacy and freedom of a serviced apartment, Citadines is an excellent choice. Guests at these stylish self-catered apartments, which feature modern kitchens and living areas, are welcome to use the private parking, on-site gym, and dry cleaning services at their leisure. Citadines is located close to Holborn underground station which is a hotspot for restaurants and bars boasting gourmet cuisine from around the world including Vietnamese, Italian and Chinese, and only a short walk from the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden.
This stylish and modern hotel neighbours Bloomsbury Square Garden which, in the first half of the 20th century, was a hotbed of literary talent including Virginia Wolfe and EM Forster. The Thistle Holborn occupies a beautiful old Edwardian building next to another of Holborn’s most famous landmarks, St. George’s parish church, built in the early 18th century. Today the church crypt is home to the Museum of Comedy and still holds open mic nights. The hotel’s Thistle Tow restaurant serves classic British and European cuisine including steaks, fish and chips and burgers.
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.