Occasionally referred to as 'Midtown' by some real estate agents, Holborn is a neighborhood smack in the center of London (hence the attempt to rebrand it). It's popular with lawyers and journalists thanks to its location near the Royal Courts of Justice and its history as the one-time home of many newspapers on Fleet Street. The lawyers tend to congregate in one of four Inns of Court; these are legal associations that are part social club, part pub.
Historically, this has been a mostly commercial area, but the arrival of a couple luxury hotels has made this a fashionable place to be. It's got a great collection of restaurants, cafes, and bars, and the interestingly named Lambs Conduit street is full of quirky boutiques, antique stores, tailors, and bookshops.
When you're feeling cultural there are a couple unique museums here. The Sir John Soane Museum is the former house and office of the eccentric architect who designed the Bank of England headquarters. And for literary buffs the home of Charles Dickens is located here and has the largest collection of Dickens memorabilia.
The City: 1.6 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 10 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by foot / 10 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 4.9 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 25-30 minutes by transit
Southwark: 3 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by bike
Westminster: 2.2 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 20-30 minutes by transit / 10-15 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 2.6 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 20-30 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
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